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Health and safety event for Scottish construction industry

6th October 2010 | Warning Signs, Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Builders, contractors and construction workers from across Orkney have been encouraged to attend an event that will cover a wide range of safety issues, such as the use of health and safety signs.

The Orkney Construction Training Group, taking place next Monday, is aimed at reducing the number of deaths in the Scottish construction industry.

Backed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the day has been organised with the specific needs of the Orkney construction industry in mind.

Key areas, such as working at height, working safely on roofing and near electricity, manual handling, and trips and slips, will be detailed via talks and interactive tutorials from figures from major safety authorities.

"The toll of injury in the construction industry in Scotland is a real matter for concern and we're keen to work with those in the industry to tackle this issue," Peter Black, the HSE's construction inspector for Highland and Orkney, said.

According to the HSE, 26 workers died in Scotland due from fatal injuries in 2008/09.


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