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Safety campaign launched

THE HEALTH & Safety Executive is to launch a nationwide campaign to improve safety in the construction industry, construction minister Nick Raynsford announced this week.

Speaking at the official start of National Construction Week on Monday, Raynsford said the HSE would launch its Working Well Together campaign on 12 May.

The campaign will aim to improve health and safety performance across the industry in 2000 by targeting the 'three Cs of safety' - co-operation, communication and competence.

It will try to raise a fourth C - commitment - by asking individuals, employers, clients and professional bodies signing up to the campaign to set themselves individual targets for improving health and safety. These will be submitted to the HSE and may lead to a national awards scheme.

A Construction Industry Advisory Committee working group has developed the campaign over the last 18 months. It is expected to be officially launched in London by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, with regional launches in Scotland, Wales, Manchester, Newcastle, Exeter and Birmingham to follow.

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