14 March 2014

Delegates at a RoSPA conference for the construction industry, to be held at the end of this month, will be told that effort is still needed on health and safety despite recent reductions in injuries.

The event, under the title "No room for complacency", will take place at Maple House, in Birmingham, on 27 March.

Speakers from across the construction industry will discuss safety measures, how to prepare in the event of a major accident, and the legal implications, including financial and reputational damage resulting from poor health and safety management.

Simon Longbottom, head of construction policy and sector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), will give the conference’s opening address on the key risks facing the industry and will provide examples of the practical measures needed for improvement.

RoSPA highlights that construction workers are nearly four times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker.

In 2012/13, 39 construction workers died due to injuries sustained at work — a reduction from 49 in 2011/12. Furthermore, around 70,000 employees are currently suffering ill health as a result of their work in the construction industry.

Also speaking on the day will be Dr Noble Francis, economics director at the Construction Products Association (CPA), on economic forecasts for the industry, and Chris Lucas, HM inspector of health and safety construction division: health risk management unit at the HSE, on an employer’s duties to prevent or adequately control worker exposure to dust.

Full details of the conference are available by emailing events@rospa.com.