Construction Workers

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor aware that five builders, including two in London, have died in accidents during December, taking the number of construction workers killed this year to at least 130 - a 50 per cent rise on 1999? What action will the Mayor take with other agencies, to address this problem?



Answer for Construction Workers

Answer for Construction Workers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware of these deaths, and I extend my sympathies to the families of those workers who have died in these accidents. A 50% increase in deaths of construction workers is simply unacceptable. It is the responsibility of the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that the legislation which protects the safety of workers is properly enforced. My officers have been in contact with the Health and Safety Executive and I understand that they are currently running a campaign to improve safety standards in the construction industry, which I fully support. My officers will be speaking to the Health and Safety Executive to investigate whether the GLA can contribute to this debate.