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05May94 UK: DEATH TOLL COULD SOAR AS RECOVERY GATHERS PACE - CONSTRUCTION.

Death and accident rates on construction sites could rise as the industry comes out of recession.That is the warning from Health and Safety Executive chief construction inspector Stuart Nattrass, speaking as part of Workers' Memorial Day.Mr Nattrass said: 'Past experience shows that after recessions there is a real danger that accidents on sites increase as the labour markets expand.'Skills will have been lost and inexperienced employees will be at greater risk.'Mr Nattrass identified good planning and management as the key to keeping sites safe.He said: 'The HSE's approach to enforcement emphasises prevention - as this brings the greatest benefits to employers and employees alike.'I do not accept these criticisms that the HSE is lenient towards employers who flout the law on health and safety.'Whilst it is for the courts to decide sentences, HSE has always encouraged them to recognise the seriousness of health and safety offences and to impose appropriate penalties.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS