Cutting deaths in construction - free event

Mon 11 Oct, 2010

8 October 2010 | HSE

A practical event for builders, construction workers and contractors will take place in Shetland later this month in a bid to reduce accidents and ill-health in Scotland's construction industry.

The Working Well Together campaign has organised a free safety and health awareness event at Clickimin leisure complex, Lochside, Lerwick on Tuesday 26 October, between 8.30am and 12.00pm. The event is being supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Construction Skills, Shetland Construction Training Group, Shetland Building and Allied Trades Association, and the Federation of Master Builders.

The event has been tailored specifically to the needs of the construction industry in Shetland and aims to raise awareness of key health and safety issues facing the construction industry and provide practical advice on how to avoid risks on construction sites. Supervisors and workers from small to medium-sized building, construction or contracting companies are encouraged to attend.

The day will include presentations and demonstrations covering key areas including: working at height, manual handling, and silica issues involved with kerb stone cutting. There will also be sessions on the duty to manage asbestos and employee welfare.

HSE's Principal Construction Inspector for Shetland, John Blackburn, said: "The toll of injury in the construction industry in Scotland is a real matter for concern and we're keen to work with those in the industry to tackle this issue. "Events like these are designed to provide workers, supervisors and company owners with the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves, and I'd encourage people to book early to secure a place on this essential event."

The half-day event is free, but places are limited. To book a place, contact Tracy Forbes at HSE on 01224 252 609 or email

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