An event designed to prevent accidents at work has been hailed a success after more than 200 construction workers attended.
The Billingham symposium was arranged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Working Well Together Group and aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of operating in the sector and how injuries and deaths can be avoided.
Rob Hirst, principal HSE inspector, said the day was a "huge success", adding that it may go some way towards reducing the number of accidents at work in the UK.
"The fact that so many construction workers attended shows just how important the industry considers health and safety issues. I am confident it will contribute to making the workplace a safer environment," he explained.
In the last 25 years more than 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work, while in 2008-09, there were 53 fatalities in the industry, the equivalent of around one a week.
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