Construction industry invited to free safety seminar

Members of the construction industry from across the Midlands are being invited to a free seminar looking at the challenges facing the sector, including forthcoming changes to regulations.

‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’ takes place at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, on 22 April and coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act and 60 years of the Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association’s construction section.

The seminar, and associated exhibition, which is organised jointly with the Working Well Together group, will look at the challenges ahead and innovative ways to continue the work being done to improve health and safety within the industry.

It is open to representatives from all sizes of company as well as self-employed builders, tradespeople and clients.

The event will be chaired by Dr Alex Grieve, an occupational physician who has worked with the armed forces, Shell and BUPA.

Speakers will include HSE board member Frances Outram and John Mensforth, construction director at BAM Construction, who will talk about the company’s recent refurbishment and extension work at the venue.

Other topics will include changes to the Construction Design and Management Regulations which come into force on 6 April, health issues, working safely at height, leadership and engagement and the importance of having a competent workforce.

HSE principal inspector Tony Mitchell said:

“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 provide an opportunity to find out about changes to construction regulations and what practical measures need to be put in place to keep people safe.”

The seminar takes place from 8.30am to 3pm. For more information or to book a place contact Belinda Hall at HSE on 0121 607 6200 or email

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.

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