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    Preventing silicosis: key recommendations for government and HSE to consider

    Silicosis is considered to be the most common chronic occupational lung disease worldwide.

    By Jim Shannon MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health on 31 March 2023

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    Giving prisoners a lifeline

    “You can see they want that thread of hope. You’re somebody who’s going to believe in them and they come away with the faith that you’re going to actually do what it says [on the tin].”

    By Belinda Liversedge on 31 March 2023

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    Mental health in construction: building the next storey

    With rising numbers of suicides in construction, how is the industry responding to the crisis?

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 February 2023

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    It’s time to reduce air pollution from construction

    Any conversation about air pollution must be in the context of how it affects people’s health, and particularly how it disproportionately affects some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

    By Ben Pearce, Impact on Urban Health on 06 December 2022

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    Construction in India: a dangerous business

    With deaths on construction sites a daily occurrence, campaigners say the central and state governments need to increase safety inspections – and ensure construction workers can access the social security benefits they are entitled to.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 07 October 2022

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    HSE inspectors to target MSDs in construction

    Construction sites across Great Britain are being targeted as part of a health inspection initiative aimed at reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

    By Belinda Liversedge on 03 October 2022

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    You only have two lungs

    A collaborative investigation into dust exposure levels during road planing works on the M25 motorway led to dust levels being cut by half – and some vital lessons for the highways maintenance industry on preventing respiratory disease.

    By Steve Perkins, Steve Perkins Associates Limited on 05 September 2022

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    A healthier future for construction

    Wearable technology, greater employee involvement in decision-making and embedding risk reduction at the design stage of projects could all help boost the health of construction workers, according to a new report from IOM.

    By Nathan Baker, Institute of Occupational Medicine on 19 August 2022

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    Let’s make digging even safer

    LSBUD, a free portal that allows users, including contractors, construction companies and the public, to search for underground pipes and cables to avoid dangerous utility strikes, is proving more popular than ever.

    By Richard Broome, LSBUD on 18 July 2022

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    Stay protected in the sun

    People who work outdoors are at increased risk of skin cancer from sun exposure, making it essential they are trained to protect themselves.

    By SC Johnson Professional on 04 July 2022