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November 24, 2011

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Europe must remain vigilant on H&S in face of economic woes

The winner of the Agency’s pan-European health and safety photo competition was announced at the event as Krzysztof Maksymowicz, of Poland, whose close-up, black and white image of a dressmaker sewing with a needle and thimble earned him €3000. Krzysztof explained that in taking the photograph he was “trying to capture a universal occupational safety image – something that could apply to every person.”

The competition received more than 2500 entries from 36 European countries and was judged by a panel of photography and OSH experts, including former HSE director of communications and keen lensman, Peter Rimmer.

Awarding the prizes, Dr Christa Sedlatschek said: “Nothing speaks louder than a photograph that stirs the imagination, evokes emotions and engages both the photographer and the viewer. With over 7 million accidents and 20 million cases of work-related disease annually in the EU-27 alone, this pan-European photo competition is helping to raise awareness of workplace safety and health, supporting our mission to make Europe’s workplaces safer, healthier and more productive.”

To see the winning and commended entries, visit www.osha-photocompetition.eu
 

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