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    SMALLER CONTRACTOR TRAINING EVENT IN SCOTLAND

    Free event to help smaller Borders construction companies cut deaths

    HSE injury data show that 49 construction workers have been killed and nearly 7000 have been seriously injured in Scotland over the last 5 years.

    A free event at Borders Union Showground aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in Scotland each year in the construction industry, as well as the number of people suffering from work-related ill health.

    The day has been organised as part of the Working Well Together initiative – a partnership between HSE and the construction industry – which aims to improve health and safety in the sector.

    The half-day is aimed at small to medium sized companies. Three quarters of all workers killed or injured on building sites worked for companies employing fewer than 15 people.

    Asbestos, work at height, fire and excavations

    Whose ladder and shovel is that in the trench?

    Around 150 people are expected to attend to hear presentations from industry experts on a variety of hazards including asbestos awareness, working at height, safe trench work and fire safety.

    HSE Principal Inspector Iain Brodie said:

    “Accidents on construction sites are often serious and can be fatal – it remains one of the most dangerous industries. It is vital that managers and company owners understand how to reduce risks on their sites. This free event will provide essential information and advice that could help save lives, so I urge local construction businesses to attend.”

    The event is being run from 07:45am until 12:30pm on Wednesday 29 September, 2010 at Borders Union Showground, Springwood Park, Kelso, TD5 8LS.  Places are still available for this event. 

    Contact Mary Bendoris at mary.bendoris@hse.gsi.gov.uk  or on 0141 275 3028 to book a free place.

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