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HSE STARTS ‘SAFETY TOUR’ CAMPAIGN ON NW SITES

Construction safety experts on tour of colleges and construction sites

The annual White Van Roadshow organised as part of the Working Well Together initiative (a partnership between HSE and the construction industry) is this year focusing on preventing workplace falls.

The tour starts in the north west with specialists from the construction industry and HSE visiting building sites and two colleges and spending a day at each location to meet as many construction workers, apprentices and students as possible.

The White Van Roadshow is visiting Stockport on 17 May, West Gorton in Manchester on 18 May, Liverpool on 19 May, Blackburn on 20 May, Bolton on 23 May, Wigan on 24 May, Warrington on 25 and 26 May, and Manchester city centre on 27 May.

HSE staff have teamed up with representatives from leading companies in the construction industry to offer the latest health and safety advice. Those attending the events will also get the chance to take part in practical demonstrations on safety equipment.

Free advice could save a life

Polly Tomlinson, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction, said:

“We hope this tour of colleges and construction sites in the North West will help to prevent some of the hundreds of deaths and serious injuries we deal with every year.

The latest figures show that 545 workers in the North West suffered major injuries as a result of falls last year. We’ll also be highlighting the dangers of prolonged use of power tools, and dusts including asbestos.

All of the advice is being provided for free so I’d encourage people to give up less than an hour of their time to come along. They could end up saving someone’s life.”

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