The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced a new campaign aimed at improving safety at work in the construction sector.
Online PR News – 16-April-2010 – – The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced a new campaign aimed at improving safety at work in the construction sector.
The construction industry is one of Britain’s most dangerous working environments. New statistics released recently show that in 2008-09, there were 53 fatalities and over 11,000 injuries from accidents at work involving construction workers in the UK. Not only is this tragic for those involved but it can also prove costly for employers who then have to deal with a personal injury claim.
However, a study by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RSPA) found that around 70 per cent of workplace accidents could be avoided if employers put the appropriate safety measures in place. These measures would not only save lives and reduce the risk of injury but also prevent the personal injury claims that follow preventable accidents.
In response, the HSE has launched the Working Well Together campaign, which will see HSE inspectors carrying out random visits to construction sites to ensure that safety regulations are being correctly adhered to.
Firms will face prosecution if they are found to be putting their workers at risk of death or injury due to poor health and safety practice.
HSE chief inspector Philip White said: “Each year too many construction workers are needlessly injured or killed while working on site. We are really concerned about standards in the refurbishment sector.”
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