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Clampdown on Construction Industry’s Poor Health Record

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new initiative aimed at reducing ill health, death and injury in the construction industry.

The month long initiative carries the message ‘Health as well as safety’, and will target poor standards and unsafe work on Britain’s building sites. As part of the campaign, HSE Inspectors will make unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

These visits will ensure high-risk activities, particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed, including working with harmful dusts such as silica and asbestos, and other hazardous substances. If unacceptable standards are found, then Inspectors will take immediate enforcement action.

HSE is urging industry to ‘think health’ as over 30,000 construction workers are made ill by their work every year.

“Industry has made much progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured in its activities, but for every fatal accident, approximately 100 construction workers die from a work-related cancer,” explained Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction.

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