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    SAFETY EVENT TRIGGERED BY SITE DEATHS AND INJURY

    Free half-day training to focus on health, temporary works and falls 

    A free construction safety event will be held in Charnock Richard Lancashire on Wednesday 14 November after figures revealed that “on average, someone is killed or suffers a major injury on building sites in Lancashire every four days”.

    Up to 250 construction workers, who are either self-employed or own small firms, are invited to attend a one-off safety event at the Park Hall Hotel and Leisure Club in Charnock Richard later this month.

    Those attending will be take part in either a morning or afternoon session covering asbestos, working at height, respiratory risks and temporary works. For further information call: 0151 951 4012 or contact bernadette.barrett@hse.gsi.gov.uk

    Alarming statistic

    The event has been organised by the Working Well Together initiative – a partnership between HSE and the construction industry – which aims to improve health and safety in the sector. Specialists from the industry and HSE will be on hand to answer any questions, raise awareness of the key issues, and give practical advice on how to avoid the dangers.

    Dorothy Shaw, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Lancashire, said:

    “I hope people working in the construction industry in Lancashire will be willing to give up half a day to come along to the event. It could end up saving someone’s life.

    It’s an alarming statistic that there are almost two incidents of death or major injury reported on Lancashire’s construction sites every week.

    There are many simple and straightforward precautions firms could be taking to reduce the risks from asbestos, falls, dust and other potential dangers on building sites.”

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