A free health and safety event aimed at construction workers is being organised in Scotland.
Those who work on refurbishment projects are being invited to the Site Safe Scotland’s Working Well Together campaign event, which is being supported by North Lanarkshire Council.
The half-day affair on February 14 in Wishaw looks to provide practical advice on addressing issues that can impact on both business and lives.
Refurbishment has high death rate
Refurbishment work accounted for nearly half of the construction-related deaths in 2014/15 and more than 50% of all the reported injuries in the industry.
Alongside the accidents and fatal injuries in the industry, there are also hundreds who sufferer from work-related ill health like respiratory diseases.
The event will focus on reducing risks in refurbishment of domestic and commercial sites, working at height, and asbestos.
Fragile surfaces a risk
The Health and Safety Executive’s principal construction inspector in Scotland, Isabelle Martin, will be attending the event.
She says small construction sites account for the largest proportion of work-related deaths, with high levels of ill health and injuries each year.
Refurbishment work is responsible for a high number of deaths following falls through fragile surfaces every year, she added.
The Working Well Together campaign aims to reduce accidents and workplace ill-health by raising awareness of key health and safety issues facing the construction industry and giving practical advice and solutions.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: January 26, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown