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HSE to crack down on poor safety in West Midlands

4th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will be running a drive in the West Midlands throughout February, to improve welfare standards for construction workers.

The clampdown will tackle such issues as "noise and vibration, manual handling, dermatitis, welfare, and correct use of personal protective equipment ", according to a statement from the HSE.

The organisation aims to spread the message that neglecting workplace safety standards can cause serious injury, or even loss of life, and that businesses should be aware of their responsibilities.

HSE approximates that 70,000 construction workers are currently suffering from ill health due to their jobs. The industry is the most dangerous in the UK, and employers need to take every available step to prevent accidents.

Jo Anderson, HSE's principal inspector for the West Midlands Construction Division, said: "This initiative provides a chance to engage with construction firms to help them understand what they need to do, so they can put in place the practical measures needed to keep people safe."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801689727-ADNFCR


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