Construction workers make efforts to increase safety

Britain’s
builders are making an industry-wide effort to reduce the high rate of
accidents and improve occupational health.

A
series of safety and health awareness days, ‘Help for the industry from the
industry’, will be held around the country throughout February and March.

Bill
Callaghan, chair of the Health & Safety Commission (HSC), said he was
encouraged to see the construction industry working together to improve health
and safety.

In
2001-02 the number of fatal injuries to workers in the construction industry
fell to 79 from the previous year, when 105 people died while at work.

In
the last 10 years a total of 948 people have died because of unsafe work
practices in the construction industry.

www.hse.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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