Welsh construction students given safety day
Construction students in a Welsh town have been advised on the importance of using measures such as warning signs on building sites.
The youngsters, from Coleg Sir Gar in Ammanford, were given a special safety day, organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the South Wales Working Well Together group.
Held as part of the body's 'Shattered Lives' campaign, the event focused on conveying the importance of implementing successful safety procedures for those working at height.
"We visit a significant number of sites where jobs haven't been planned properly, resulting in a lack of edge protection or other means to prevent people falling and suffering injury," said Paul Harvey, the HSE's principal inspector for construction in Wales.
The demonstrations taking place during the day included simple tips on erecting scaffolding, using safety harnesses correctly and picking the best method for accessing areas at height.
According to HSE figures, 53 construction workers died in the UK in 2008-09, while 11,264 suffered injuries.
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