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Construction fatalities top government priority

New Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain's first briefing from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) today will focus on the number of deaths in the construction industry.
Hain took over cabinet responsibilities for the HSE after being appointed to his new role by Prime Minister Gordon Brown last week.Hain requested that his very first HSE briefing should focus on construction, and will meet today with HSE chief inspector of construction Stephen Williams to discuss what is being done to reduce the number of work-related deaths in the industry.Construction is the most dangerous industry to work in and this, combined with the fact that Hain's failed bid for the Labour Party deputy leadership was sponsored by construction union UCATT, has helped push the industry's health and safety record to the heart of government.

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