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05May94 UK: MARCH ON WESTMINSTER - CONSTRUCTION SAFETY DEMO.

Grant Prior reports from Britain's biggest ever construction safety demonstration. More than 500 site workers marched on the Houses of Parliament last week in Britain's biggest ever construction safety demonstration.Traffic came to a standstill as workers paraded through the heart of the capital to highlight the horrific toll of deaths and accidents in the industry.Protesters came from all over the country to take part in the march organised by the Construction Safety Campaign (CSC) as part of Workers' Memorial Day.And the two-hour hike ended in a public meeting in Westminster and a mass lobbying of MPs by building workers.Construction union UCATT general secretary George Brumwell delivered an angry blast against the Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for their record on site safety.He said: 'There are plenty of laws on the statute book, but they have had very little impact on death and injury levels.'The problem is that there is very little political will to do anything about the problem.'He accused HSE inspectors of failing to investigate accidents thoroughly enough and called for probes to 'start in the boardroom and work down from there.'He said: 'The day we see a director of a major construction company in the dock will be the day we see a fundamental change in the whole attitude towards health and safety in the industry.'And Mr Brumwell took the opportunity to thank the CSC for its constant campaigning.He said: 'Only three or four years ago it would have been unheard of for UCATT to be associated with the campaign.'How times change, and now they are among the most effective pressure groups in the country.'Members of the Relatives' Support Group also took part in the march.Leader Ann Elvin said: 'We are here to campaign for justice after site deaths. We also want people to know there is somewhere they can turn for help.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS