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First Construction Health Summit to take place in January

First Construction Health Summit to take place in January

The first ever Construction Health Summit is set to take place in London at the start of 2016 in a bid to better educate the industry and its employees on how they can work in the safest possible environment.January 21st will see representatives from across the UK's building industry join forces to set out a plan for how health and safety can be improved in the construction sector over the coming years to protect workers' wellbeing and lower the number of work-related deaths in the field.The Institution of Occupational Health (IOSH) will be among the organisations in attendance at the summit, which is taking place following the publication of statistics that reveal building workers are 100 times more likely to die from a cancer associated with their job than from a workplace accident.Occupational cancers are responsible for more than 40 per cent of work-related deaths in the construction industry, with asbestos exposure causing 70 per cent of these and silica inhalation accounting for 17 per cent.Additional data shows that 1.2 million working days are lost each year in the building sector due to job-related ill health. With many high-profile construction and infrastructure projects in the pipeline in the near future, industry leaders are concerned that these figures could get worse unless action is taken to improve workplace conditions.Judith Hackitt CBE, chair of the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "The number of onsite related facilities has fallen by two-thirds in the past ten years due to a concerted and joined up effort by the construction industry."We can have a similar impact on the health of the workforce with an equally determined effort by the industry and its supporting organisations."By taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of builders and others who work in the sector, its leaders can make sure the UK's construction industry is in a strong position to build the new homes the country needs to meet growing demand for the next generation. 

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