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White van tour takes safety message to southeast sites

4 Jun 10 A white van with a difference will set off on a two-week safety tour of major construction sites across the southeast region on Monday 7th June.

A white van with a difference will set off on a two-week safety tour of major construction sites across the southeast region on Monday 7th June.

The White Van Roadshow, organised by the Health & Safety Executive, will highlight the potential dangers in the construction industry, after 14 construction workers were killed in the southeast in 2008/09.

The tour will see advisors from the construction industry and the HSE visit sites in Newbury, Newhaven, Maidenhead, Rochester and Coulsden. They will focus on the risks from untidy sites, working at height, manual handling, transport, asbestos and other dust-related diseases.

Representatives from leading companies in the construction industry will be among those attending the events, which will include the practical demonstrations on new safety equipment.

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 HSE project manager Tim Shambrook said: "The White Van Roadshow is the perfect way to reach out to the industry and educate workers on how simple steps can prevent serious accidents.

"The aim of the tour is to be engaging and show construction workers that we understand the pressures of working on a construction site but that cutting corners when it comes to health and safety is never a good idea.

"We have got an exciting two weeks ahead of us and I am looking forward to spending a day at each site and speaking to on-site workers about the risks they face and how to reduce them."

The White Van Roadshow has been organised as part of the Working Well Together initiative - a partnership between HSE and the construction industry - which aims to improve health and safety in the sector.

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