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    HSE REACH OUT TO HIGHLAND CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

    Free ‘lifesaving advice’ on groundworks provided at HSE/WWT event

    An event at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness, on May 24th 2011 aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in Scotland each year in the construction industry. The event will provide practical information to small and medium sized businesses on how to deal with some of the risks associated with groundworks

    During 2009/10, three workers died while working in construction across Scotland, and there were 1,124 injuries to construction workers. Three quarters of all workers killed or injured on building sites worked for companies employing fewer than 15 people.

    Groundworks accidents often ‘serious’ and can be fatal

    The presentations from industry experts include: excavator quick hitches, unloading and loading lorries, working with buried services, safe trench work and groundworks as confined spaces. For more information and bookings contact Jody Freer: jody.freer@cskills.org or on 0300 456 5360.

    HSE Inspector Peter Black said:

    “Accidents at the ground works phase, in particular trench collapses, are often serious and can 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.”

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