• Robert Spicer

Health And Safety In The Construction Industry

  • Since 2001 more than 760 construction workers have been killed on sites.

  • Funding for the Health and Safety Executive was cut by 35 per cent in 2011.

  • 40 per cent of construction workers are self-employed.

  • 90 per cent of construction workers are not members of a trade union.

  • More than 3000 workers have been blacklisted, many for raising concerns about health and safety.

In 2010 the Donaghy report recommended the following:

  • Companies should name individual directors responsible for safety

  • Construction workers should be consulted about decisions on site

  • Local authorities should be empowered to inspect small domestic projects

  • The Gangmasters Licensing Authority should have power to deal with the construction industry

  • A minster for construction should be appointed.

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