Don't fall from it! Labour Inspectorates across Europe launch a campaign in the construction industry
Sheila Pantry, OBE
Labour inspectorates of the European Union (EU) have launched a European campaign in the construction industry. The campaign, in 2003 and 2004, features simultaneous intensive inspection initiatives in all Member States of the European Union supported by publicity initiatives in association with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work to raise awareness in the sector.
- More than 1300 people die in construction accidents each year in the EU
- Worldwide, construction workers are three times more likely to be killed and twice as likely to be injured as workers in other occupations
- The costs of these accidents are immense to the individual, to the employer and to society
- Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are most affected by construction accidents
The focus of the campaign is the prevention of falls from height. The inspection campaign will ask the following questions:
- Have the dangers of falling from height been properly catalogued?
- Have the necessary preventive measures been taken and equipment installed and made available?
- Have the correct choices been made regarding equipment and measures and are these being properly used and maintained?
- Are co-ordination obligations being properly met and is health and safety taken into consideration in the selection of contractors and subcontractors?
The publicity will target all stakeholders engaged in construction activity, including:
- Trade Union representatives
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