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    FREE HSE TRAINING EVENT FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

    Central Scotland construction firms invited to attend groundworks safety event

    Construction companies in the Central Scotland area are being encouraged to attend a free event to help “get to grips” with managing health and safety. Some 75% of workers who die or are injured on building sites coming from small and medium sized construction companies and it  is this group that is being invited to attend a free half-day event in Blackridge, West Lothian in June.

    HSE and the Working Well Together campaign has organised the event to focus on safety issues for construction workers, especially during the groundworks phase. The event will provide clear practical advice and solutions.

    Key aspects of groundworks safety in practical manner

    During the day there will be a rolling programme of practical demonstrations on topics such as: excavator quick hitches; unloading/loading lorries; working with buried services; safe excavation work and working in confined spaces.

    Iain Brodie, HSE Principal Inspector, who will attend the event, said:

    “Incidents at the groundworks phase, for example trench collapses, can often be fatal, so 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 will be held at Sibbald Training, Shona’s Way, Sibbald Park, Blackridge, West Lothian on Wednesday, 27 June 2012, 8.30am -1pm. Places must be booked in advance. For a free place contact allan.mulholland@hse.gsi.gov.uk or telephone: 0141 275 3062.

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