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August 31, 2009

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Guidance – construction- Involving workers to improve building-site safety

Construction union UCATT, the Health and Safety Executive, ConstructionSkills and Unite the union have come together to compile the booklet, which is aimed at all workers and employers in the construction industry, especially those who work for small to medium-sized companies (SMEs).The guide describes how effective worker involvement can dramatically improve safety and reduce accidents on construction sites. As well as information on a company’s legal requirements and practical examples of what should take place there are also case studies of how worker involvement has been implemented.Alan Ritchie, UCATT general secretary and chair of the Forum’s working group on worker involvement, commented: “The working group has been passionate about the importance of a fully involved, qualified and directly employed workforce for improving the health and safety record in construction. I urge that the advice contained within the guide is taken on board, and implemented at the earliest possible opportunity.”Kevin Fear, head of health, safety and environment for ConstructionSkills, said: “In light of the recently published report into construction deaths, we think that this is an excellent and timely guide for employers on how to manage worker engagement and provide leadership. This will represent an excellent first step to breaking down any potential barriers and helping change the culture of the industry.”HSE inspector Gordon Crick added: “I am delighted to see the publication of this short guide. This fills a gap in the guidance available to employers, and will help managers in the smaller companies understand what worker involvement is all about, and how it can benefit their business.”The publication, Short Guide to Improving Health and Safety on Construction Sites through Effective Worker Involvement, is being distributed to employers and workers throughout Britain.For a hard copy/copies of the guide, please e-mail Dörthe Weimann at [email protected]

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