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Builders too busy to see trip and slip hazards

NEWS

BUILDING workers keep injuring themselves through slips and trips because they are too busy to keep sites tidy.

A major study by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that nearly half of builders are too busy to take much notice of potential slip and trip risks.

The survey was part of the HSE's Watch Your Step campaign. A third of construction workers said potential dangers like steps and slippery surfaces were not highlighted with caution signs on site.

The HSE said 2,887 slip and trip incidents were reported to its construction section last year.

Acting chief executive Justin McCracken said: 'When one in three construction employees surveyed have suffered an injury from a slip or trip incident at work and 20 per cent of those injured were off work for over two months, the extent of the problem is plain to see.

It can have an acute effect on both the individuals and businesses involved.

'There really needs to be a shift in attitude from 'ignore it' to 'do something about it'.'