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Minister in call for safer products

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MANUFACTURERS have a key role to play in improving the health and safety performance of the construction industry, the Government has claimed.

Writing in the Make it Safe report, published today (February 17) by industry body the Construction Products Association, Minister of State for Work Jane Kennedy called for the sector to ensure its products were safe to use through better design.

She said: 'Health and safety hazards need to be fully addressed so that the industry's products are safe to transport, handle, store, install, use and maintain.'

The association's president, Roy Harrison, claimed that some producers were already helping deliver a safer working environment on construction sites.

He said: 'This publication shows some of the ways in which companies are improving health and safety in their own operations and the increasing contribution their products and systems are making.'

Mr Harrison said that, by eliminating health and safety risks through imaginative design, the demand for a product would increase, improving the business case for its production.