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HSE sets up national construction arm

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY is set to receive a major boost with the long awaited formation next week of a national Health & Safety Executive (HSE) construction division, replacing the existing regional setup.

From 8 April, all construction inspectors will report directly to the HSE's new division, led by chief inspector of construction Kevin Myers.

Reorganisation follows publication last year of the HSE's Revitalising health and safety review document. It began in August last year when Myers relinquished his responsibility for the HSE's Home Counties region.

In construction, the need for improvement was underlined by the rise in deaths and injuries on sites over the last 18 months.

Last year 114 people were killed by construction - a 10 year high and near twice the figure in the previous year (NCE 9 August 2001).

The new division is expected to be better able to organise national safety campaigns and will allow the HSE's activities to be better targeted at national improvements.

Speaking at the Construction Health & Safety Group's 50th anniversary dinner last week, Myers said there was now a willingness to learn from other industries.

lStanford Scaffolding was awarded the Construction Health & Safety Group's prestigious 2001 Beamont Safety Trophy for its innovative easy to install scaffold edge protection system. The CHSG also presented its annual safety training awards and named MJ Gleeson Group the 2001 Supreme Winner.

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