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Tracey Graham: Encouraging News About Health and Safety Inspections

It is pleasing to note that Health and safety experts were planning to conduct a two-week tour of colleges and construction sites in the North West starting from Monday 16 May.  Specialists from the construction industry and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been visiting 7 building sites and 2 colleges in the North West; spending a day at each location to meet as many construction workers, apprentices and students as possible.As well as warning of the dangers of working at height, other topics will include power tool vibration injuries, asbestos and other dust-related diseases.The HSE's White Van Roadshow is focusing on preventing workplace falls after 6 workers were killed and where there were more than 500 major injuries in 2009/10. (Deaths occurred in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside).HSE staff have teamed up with representatives from leading companies in the construction industry to offer the latest health and safety advice. Those attending the events will also get the chance to take part in practical demonstrations on safety equipment.The HSE take their work very seriously.  Not only do they investigate accidents when they occur, but it's clear that they are pro-active in education and prevention across the industry.  This is a timely initiative.We are told that the White Van Roadshow will visit Bolton on 16 May, Stockport on 17 May, West Gorton in Manchester on 18 May, Liverpool on 19 May, Blackburn on 20 May, Bolton on 23 May, Wigan on 24 May, Warrington on 25 and 26 May, and Manchester city centre on 27 May.The Roadshow has been organised as part of the Working Well Together initiative - a partnership between the HSE and the construction industry - which aims to improve health and safety in the sector.  For those companies who don’t get the message, the price to be paid is lost time when employees are forced to take time off work because of injuries, lost reputation if there has to be a criminal prosecution, and lost lives if a preventable accident turns into a fatal tragedy.  This is not the way for conscientious and caring companies in this day and age.  The HSE are to be applauded.Tracey Graham is a partner in Personal Injury in the Manchester office of Russell Jones & Walker. If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or injury call our expert personal injury solicitors on 0800 916 9046, fill in our short online claim form and one of our specialist personal injury team will review your compensation claim for free.

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