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HSE SUPPORT FOR SMALLER BUILDERS IN NORTH WEST

Builders attend free event prior to 6 month intensive site inspection initiative

HSE statistics show that, on average, three workers in the construction sector across the county were injured every week during 2009/10.  Company owners and their employees attended a free health and safety awareness event on 18th January to help improve standards regarding work at heightasbestos or silica dust

A team of inspectors are currently visiting sites across Cheshire to offer support and advice to workers and contractors. The initiative is focusing on projects which are being carried out by smaller builders working on domestic projects where health and safety may not be a top priority. 

Six month initiative to improve small site standards

Inspectors taking part in the initiative

Joseph Wood, Health and Safety Awareness Officer at HSE, said: 

“These latest figures show that construction is still one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, with two deaths and 150 serious injuries in Cheshire alone last year. 

We’re here to offer support and advice to construction companies and their employees, and are encouraging builders to come along to this free event. 

Meanwhile, the focus of this six-month inspection initiative is to offer tips on improving health and safety on sites, but we will continue to take action in cases where there is a high risk of injury or ill health.” 

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