Site safety 'must be top priority'
Posted Thu, 25 Feb 2010
Construction site safety must be put at the top of the industry's agenda, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
The safety regulator said a new investigation into the major hazards posed to workers on construction sites across the UK will aim to remind the industry that site safety is the number one priority for contractors and developers.
The investigation will examine the underlying causes of major incidents such as building, tunnel and tower crane collapses and major fires as well as assessing whether current risk assessment measures are in need of improvement.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it aims to put the findings of the investigation to the top of the political agenda following the general election.
Mike Cross, Head of the HSE's Construction Engineering Specialist Team, said: "This is an internally commissioned report by the HSE, so we are waiting to see what emerges.
"There may be issues we believe should be brought to the attention of ministers and, if this is the case, we will be proactive in raising them with the Government."
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