Chorlton construction safety event aims to save lives

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Builders in Manchester are being encouraged to attend a free safety event in Chorlton after there were nearly 400 serious injuries to construction workers in Greater Manchester last year.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that there was one death and 393 serious injuries in the county’s construction sector during 2009/10.

Company owners and their employees are being encouraged to attend a free health and safety awareness event at Chorlton High School on Thursday 27 January.

The aim of the event is to improve standards in an industry where there are many potential risks − from falling from height to life-threatening health problems caused through inhaling asbestos or silica dust.

The team of inspectors which are taking part in the construction initiative in Greater Manchester and Cheshire

Meanwhile, HSE inspectors are visiting sites across Greater Manchester to offer support and advice to workers and contractors. The initiative is focusing on projects which are being carried out on domestic properties, where health and safety may not ordinarily be a top priority.

Joseph Wood, Health and Safety Awareness Officer at HSE, said:

“These latest figures show that construction is still one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, with one death and nearly 400 serious injuries in Greater Manchester alone last year.

“We’re here to offer support and advice to construction companies and their employees, and are encouraging builders to come along to this free event.

“We’re also offering tips on improving health and safety on construction sites as part of a six-month inspection initiative, but we will continue to take action in cases where there is a high risk of injury or ill health.”

The free safety event will take place at Chorlton High School on Nell Lane in Chorlton at 5pm on Thursday 27 January. Employers and self-employed workers can book a place by calling 0161 952 8358.

More information on construction safety is available at www.hse.gov.uk/construction[2].

(Source: HSE Online)

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