HSE announces 'White Van Roadshow' for construction firms
Construction companies in the north-west are the subject of a new initiative launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The 'White Van Roadshow', which commences today (May 17th), will see advisors from the industry and the HSE visit nine sites in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.
As well as offering practical demonstrations on new safety equipment, the two-week tour will focus on the risks associated with untidy sites, working at height, manual handling, transport and asbestos.
"We'll be spending a day at each site to meet as many construction workers as possible and remind them of the dangers they face every day," said Wayne Crumpton, the HSE's principal inspector for construction in Merseyside and Cheshire.
"Good health and safety doesn't have to cost a lot of money. It can be as simple as making sure building sites are kept clean and tidy, or avoiding working on roofs in bad weather."
The roadshow is part of the 'Working Well' campaign, which is a partnership between the HSE and the construction industry, aimed at improving health and safety practices.
Construction sites are the scene of a large number of accidents every year, so the HSE advises companies to make the best possible use of measures such as safety signs.
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