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Figures produced this week by the Health & Safety Commission

More than a third of people killed at work in 2001/02 were employed on construction projects, according to figures produced this week by the Health & Safety Commission.

Total workplace deaths increased from 222 to 295. Full copies of the statistics can be found at www. hse. gov. uk.

The Environment Agency has started a programme to widen the River Wey near Weymouth to improve the water flow during times of flood. Silt will also be removed and a back channel created in the £20,000 scheme.

Members of the British Precast Concrete Federation last week urged ministers to exempt the precast concrete industry from the forthcoming aggregates levy. This could be done by reclassifying precast concrete as an industrial process.

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