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GLA begins inquiry into onsite accidents

THE GREATER London Assembly is launching an inquiry into the health and safety of construction workers as the industry gears up to deliver a raft of big infrastructure schemes in the capital.

The GLA's health and public services committee - a cross-party group of six members - has invited representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, trades unions and the Federation of Master Builders to answer questions at a City Hall hearing on April 19.

Committee chairman Joanne McCartney said: 'We are concerned about the high number of fatalities and accidents in the industry so we have invited different parts of the industry along to the hearing.

'We're going to have major projects, such as Crossrail, beginning in the next few years, as well as an awful lot of regeneration work and house building so the safety of workers is paramount.'

The committee is also planning to visit such sites as Heathrow's Terminal 5 and Arsenal football club's new stadium to see examples of best practice.