Safety awareness event planned for north-east construction workers
Construction industry employees in the north-east are being invited to a new event designed to highlight the value of warning signs and other safety procedures.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will hold a function at Wynyard Park in Billingham later this month to mark the creation of a new awareness group in the region.
Attendees will witness a series of presentations, aimed at promoting the importance of health and safety and the role workers can play in engaging in best practice.
The HSE said: "In the last 25 years more than 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work and many more have suffered serious injuries or been made ill.
"In 2008-09, there were 53 fatalities in the construction industry - that's equivalent to one a week."
The presentations for operatives will include silica dust awareness, how to stay free of incident and injury, and reducing the risks associated with manual handling.
Anyone interested in attending the event, which is scheduled for April 28th, should visit wwt.uk.com/events or call 0191 202 6209.
The HSE formerly reported to the Health and Safety Commission but the two bodies merged on April 1st 2008.
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