Free Health and Safety event for construction apprentices

A free event in Aberdeen has been arranged with the aim of giving advice and guidance to young construction apprentices.

A free event in Aberdeen for young construction apprentices has been organised to facilitate lifesaving advice and raise awareness of death, injury and ill health in the workplace.

The event will involve inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive and leading members of the construction industry, who will offer practical advice and guidance on how to prevent incidents while carrying out work tasks on site.

The event is to be held on Wednesday, 16th May 2012 at 9.00 a.m. at Gordon Barracks, Bridge of Don, and is in conjunction with the Construction Safety Forum – a local self help forum which meets monthly to allow members to share experiences and receive simple, practical advice and documentation designed for small and medium-sized construction companies in the North East.

The construction industry remains one of the most dangerous sectors to work and the event aims to raise awareness of the key health and safety issues facing the construction industry and give apprentices practical advice on how to avoid risks on all sites. Workshops will cover high risk construction activities including working at height and manual handling, as well as information on the risks from asbestos and other dusts, and the steps that can be taken to prevent exposure.

Asbestos is the largest cause of work related deaths in the UK. For asbestos to be harmful the fibres have to be inhaled and penetrate the lungs. The most common for way for this to occur is when asbestos is disturbed and the fibres are released, which can happen during demolition and maintenance works. It is key for employers to ensure their staff who are likely to come into contact with asbestos are trained to be Asbestos Aware and that any property erected prior to 2000 has a pre-refurbishment and demolition survey implemented, before the commencement of any intrusive works.

Places are still available to attend this event, although bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For more information and to reserve a place please call 07767 844 196.

Published May 18, 2012
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