REC Construction comments on governments response to One Death is too Many report
The government has responded to the Rita Donaghy report One Death is too Many, which suggested measures to reduce the levels of fatal accidents in the construction industry.
Commenting on the report, Simon Noakes, Chair of REC Construction, says: The level of fatal accidents in the construction sector would not be accepted in any other industry, work must be done to reverse this and the response today from the government is a step in the right direction. We need practical solutions which can be implemented on the ground.
"We will continue to work with representatives from across the industry through our membership of the HSEs Construction Industry Advisory Committee, to ensure that the supply of key staff to the construction sector is done through REC members who provide health and safety information on construction sites to all workers.
Agencies should take extra precautions to protect their workers as they need to comply with extra health and safety duties detailed under the Employment Agencies Act. REC fully supports moves to protect vulnerable workers but any future plans must be based on effective measures which make a difference on the ground, rather than arguments based on rhetoric alone.
The REC will continue to work with the HSE, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and with our members to ensure all workers supplied through agencies are fully protected at work.