The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar designed to make sure workers don’t became an injury statistic.
The free half- day event, organised in conjunction with the Staffordshire and Shropshire Working Well Together group, takes place at Keele University, Staffordshire, from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 14 May.
It aims to give owners, managers and workers from the construction sector and allied trades a better understanding of how to safeguard the health and wellbeing of themselves, their workforce and their colleagues.
The UK construction industry employs more than two million people, who, because of the nature of the work they do, have a high incidence of occupational ill health. Latest figures show that in 2012/13, 39 construction workers were killed, 12 of whom were self-employed. While there were no fatalities in Staffordshire there were 12 major injuries and 14 injuries requiring more than three days off work.
The seminar will feature presentations from HSE and industry experts and exhibitors from local and national suppliers. The main speaker will be Roger Willey, Managing Director of ACS Physical Risk Control Ltd, who has more than 35 years’ experience of asbestos research, consultancy and training.
Chair of Staffordshire and Shropshire Working Well Together Group Chris Comerford said:
“Too many people die or are injured every year on Britain’s construction sites as a result of entirely avoidable incidents.
“Construction workers are nearly four times as likely to be killed at work compared to the average worker, and an estimated 70,000 in the industry will today be suffering ill health as a result of their work.
“This event will offer practical, low-cost, or even no-cost solutions to get people thinking about how to ensure they can protect themselves and others.”
For more information or to book a place contact Anne Twigg or Janet Gibson at HSE on 01782 602300
Further information about safe-working in construction can be found online at: www.hse.gov.uk/construction
Notes to editors
1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
2. Working Well Together (WWT) is a construction industry initiative put in place to improve health and safety in the construction industry, particularly in the small and micro businesses.