09 Oct 2018
It has been announced that CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES across Great Britain will be targeted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), this is the first time the regulator has targeted the construction industry.
A specific focus will be on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. They will be looking at the Company measures that are in place to protect their employees from the likes of asbestos and wood dust.
HSE Inspectors will be visiting construction businesses and sites across the country throughout October and will specifically be looking for evidence of employers and employees knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls and if necessary will use enforcement to ensure people are protected.
Chief inspector of construction at HSE Peter Baker said, “Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are killed in construction accidents. Annually, work-related cancers, mainly linked to asbestos and silica, are estimated to kill 3,500 people from the industry. Thousands of others suffer life-changing illnesses from their work. Not all lung diseases take years to develop. Some, like acute silicosis or occupational asthma, can occur more quickly. “As a result, we’ve launched this inspection initiative to find out what exactly businesses in the construction industry are doing today to protect their workers’ health, particularly when it comes to exposure to dust and damage to lungs. “We want construction workers to be aware of the risks associated with the activities they carry out on a daily basis; be conscious of the fact their work may create hazardous dust; and consider how this could affect their health, in some cases irreversibly. We want businesses and their workers to think of the job from start to finish and avoid creating dust or disturbing asbestos by working in different ways. We want to see construction firms encouraging their workers to firstly keep the dust down and wear the right mask and clothing. “Ultimately, we want construction workers’ lungs to be protected from ill health, so they can go home healthy to their families and enjoy long careers in this important industry.”
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