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Contractors cautious over zero deaths call


GOVERNMENT CALLS last week for the construction industry to achieve a zero fatal accident rate received a cautious response from contractors.

The call came during a speech by construction minister Nigel Griffi s to the government's safety summit in London.

Griffi challenged the industry to go for a zero fatalities target after saying that safety initiatives had cut death rates in the industry by 25% over the last four years.

John Wilson, of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association's technical and environmental offi e, said this week:

'Zero fatalities is an aspiration we can support, and everyone in the industry would feel a lot better if we achieved it.

'Responsible contractors are already making incremental reductions in accident rates.

.But the problem will be minating fatalities among small contractors and the self employed.' Seventy workers died on site in 2003/4, summit delegates heard.

This is the second lowest total for 10 years, and represents the lowest fatality rate ever.

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