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Safety initiative for construction sites launched

4th October 2010 | Health and Safety Signs, Construction Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

A project to highlight the importance of health and safety on building sites, such as the effectiveness of construction signs, will rollout across Greater Manchester and Cheshire over the next six months.

Unveiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the scheme will specifically focus on smaller construction sites with an emphasis on work taking place on domestic buildings.

Inspectors from the regulator will make a series of on-site visits to speak to workers about the importance of health and safety measures.

The scheme is focusing on smaller-scale, residential projects, because it is felt health and safety may not always be a high priority in these cases. The HSE says that two-thirds of construction deaths and over half of serious injuries in the North West of England happen in Manchester and Cheshire.

"Construction is one of Britain's most dangerous industries so we want to do all we can to offer support and advice to construction companies and their employees," Neil Jamieson, principal inspector at HSE in the North West, said.

He added that action would be taken at sites where there is "a high risk of injury or ill health".

"There are many risks to workers on construction sites, from falling off roofs to the inhalation of harmful substances such as asbestos or silica dust, causing life-threatening health problems," Mr Jamieson said.

There have been 41 deaths and over 7,000 serious injuries in the North West construction industry over the last five years.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800096255-ADNFCR


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