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SCAFFOLD FATALITY ON IOW PROMPTS HSE INITIATIVE

Building workers and scaffolders urged to attend a free half-day safety events

In March 2011, Dean Marden died when he fell from scaffolding at a building site at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The HSE investigation is still underway.

The death has prompted an HSE offer construction workers and scaffolders the chance  to attend free half-day health and safety events in July 2011. The events take place on 20 and 21 July and are organised by Working Well Together (WWT),  HSE and several local organisations. The content is intended to be particularly beneficial to small and micro construction businesses.

There will be five sessions on different topics, delivered by speakers from the industry and consisting of practical, hands-on and up-to-date advice. Exhibitors demonstrating the latest equipment and services will also be present on the days in Newport. The programme is:

  • Scaffolding Event on 20 July from 13.00 to 16.30.
  • Construction Event on 21 July from 0800 to 12.30 or 12.30 to 17.00. 

To confirm attendance you can email nicola.ward@iwcollege.ac.uk  by 15 July 2011 or call Nicola on 01983 535 208

Excellent opportunity to get practical advice

Mrs Molly Marden, mother of Dean Marden, said:

“Losing Dean has been a total tragedy for our family and friends. He has left a hole in our lives that we will never be able to fill. We would encourage other scaffolders and builders to do anything to avoid becoming a victim of this kind of accident, and support the training events organised on the island. We urge people to attend.”

Charles Gilby, HSE Principal Inspector, said:

“Work-related deaths are a tragedy for a family, for a business and for the industry as a whole. These events will be an excellent opportunity for local businesses to get practical advice on how to take action to avoid people being killed, injured or suffering ill health as a result of construction activities.

By providing free access to knowledge, learning and tools, we want to help local businesses improve health and safety on the island. Inspectors will be expecting to see improved standards on construction sites when they revisit the island later in the year.”

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