News / Cutting the number of accidents

SUPERVISORS and workers from Shetland building firms are encouraged to take part in a half day event aimed to reduce the number of accidents in the construction industry.
The Working Well Together event is 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, and tailored to the specific needs of the local industry.
The event 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 on 26 October will be held at the Clickimin Leisure Complex, in Lerwick, between 8.30am and 12.00pm.
Participation is free of charge, but places are limited. To book a place, contact Tracy Forbes at HSE on 01224 252 609 or email mailto: tracy.forbes@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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