HOUSE builders have joined forces with Ucatt in the north Midlands as the union's roving safety reps scheme gathers momentum.
Union officials said several firms including Persimmon and David Wilson Homes have set up health and safety committees after meeting Ucatt.
Workers are being encouraged to join Trades Union Congress training courses with a view to getting Level 1 and 2 health and safety certification.
Steve Murphy, Ucatt regional secretary for the Midlands, said: 'We've had a very positive response. It's not a panacea but we are certainly seeing an increase in safety rates.'
Ian Smith, health and safety regional adviser for David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: 'We have had four employees who have trained to be safety reps.
'They have become a good point of contact for employees on major sites in the region.'
Mr Smith added the firm had set up a health and safety committee but only two of the reps are present at any meeting to ensure a fair balance with contractors and site managers.