Greater Manchester construction firms 'must improve safety'
Construction companies in Greater Manchester must improve their safety standards, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has suggested.
The body issued 148 enforcement notices for immediately stopping work in the county in 2009 and 29 for improvements to be made, highlighting the importance of safety signs.
As a result, the HSE is now inviting more than 100 roofers in the area to attend a free safety awareness event tonight (May 11th) to advise them on best practice.
"We're worried that some roofing and building companies are trying to cut down on costs and undercut each other by not using scaffolding and other safety equipment," said Neil Jamieson, a principal inspector for the HSE in the north-west.
"It simply isn't worth companies trying to cut costs if lives are going to be put at risk."
The event, which takes place at 17:30 BST at Clifton Territorial Army Centre on Manchester Road, Clifton, is part of the HSE's 'Working Well' initiative.
Last month, Kevin Molloy, UK leader of health and safety in the risk consulting practice at Marsh, told Post Online that British firms should review their fire safety procedures regularly.
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