HSE campaign aims to improve health and safety in the construction industry14 February 2019

Members of the public are being encouraged to share messages and acts of kindness for those working in the construction industry.

Using both #WorkRight and #WeCare hashtags, the public are being encouraged to tweet the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with the ‘little things’ they do for the construction workers in their lives or send in anonymous messages to strangers to show they are cared for and appreciated.

The HSE hopes that by construction workers seeing such messages, even if they’re from a stranger, it will encourage them to reflect and take workplace health and safety more seriously.

The drive comes at a time when the regulator is currently inspecting construction sites across London in relation to the management of asbestos, with inspectors specifically looking for evidence of construction workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls when it comes to working with asbestos to protect them from exposure.

Says HSE acting chief inspector of construction Andy Gay: “We are hoping the acts of kindness will remind builders to use the right controls and protect themselves from asbestos because there are people out there who care and would be affected if they became ill or developed cancer later in life.

“We must ensure all workers are protected and are not made ill or killed by their work. Everyone should be able to leave work and go home healthy to their families.”

Adam Offord

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