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Construction workers invited to health and safety seminarPosted on 01/02/2017

An event has been organised to raise awareness of health and safety for construction workers carrying out refurbishment projects.

The event has been a collaborative effort between North Lanarkshire Council and the Working Well Together campaign, initiated by Site Safe Scotland. Lasting half a day, it is aimed at construction firms that are small to medium sized, providing advice for dealing with serious issues that can have an impact on lives and business.

Many issues have an impact on the construction industry, such as a high incidence of premature death due to illness, especially respiratory conditions, which may be caused by exposure to silica dust and asbestos. The event will focus on reducing some of the risks present in the construction industry, including manual handling, working at height, asbestos and welfare.

The Working Well Together campaign aims to raise awareness of the main issues facing workers in the construction industry, demonstrating preventative measures, which may include the use of PPE when working with hazardous substances.

 

Isabelle Martin, the construction inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Scotland, stated that the construction industry is one of the most hazardous, with most of the illnesses and deaths occurring on smaller sites. Refurbishment work and falls when working at height account for more than half the reportable injuries. The free seminar aims to provide preventative advice and information for construction workers.

 

The session will be held at Clyde Valley High School, located in Wishaw, on 14th February

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