TUC calls for improved safety on building sites

UK
building sites are still too dangerous, says the TUC.

The
DTI’s Construction Industry’s Key Performance Indicators show that safety is
improving, but the TUC says still more work is needed.

Brendan
Barber, TUC general secretary, said: "UK building sites are still danger
zones for workers. Eighty-five people were killed last year in construction and
over 4,860 people were seriously injured.

"This
does not include the thousands more who end their working lives in pain caused
by chronic back injuries, respiratory or dermatological problems and other work
related ill-health problems.

"Only
by construction companies taking full responsibility for the people they
employ, providing proper welfare facilities and ensuring their safety on site,
will the UK construction industry become the world class industry it purports
to be."

By Quentin Reade

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