THE CONSTRUCTION industry is well behind schedule on all three of its health and safety targets, HSE chief construction inspector Kevin Myers warned this week.
Speaking ahead of this month's safety summit, Mr Myers said the industry had only managed to reduce major injuries by 15 per cent, while reducing fatalities and minor injuries by 25 per cent.
All three figures fall well behind the 40 per cent reductions by 2004-5 endorsed by the first safety summit in February 2001.
Mr Myers said: 'The industry has made significant improvements but the targets are not going to be met and I'm not happy about that.'
The HSE official added that he hoped the industry would swing behind the new voluntary code of conduct due to be unveiled to co-ordinate efforts to improve health and safety.
Mr Myers shrugged off industry concerns that Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott would not be attending this month's safety summit meeting.
He said: 'In 2001, John Prescott was the head of construction's sponsoring department, which is not the case now.Nigel Griffiths is construction minister.'
Strategic forum chairman Peter Rogers and Bovis Lend Lease chief executive John Spanswick will also be speaking at the summit, to be held at the QEII Conference Centre in London.