Death fears over decision to cut asbestos campaign

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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Cost cuts have forced the HSE to dump an award winning campaign warning construction workers about the threat from asbestos.

Construction union Ucatt fear the decision could cost lives as the Hidden Killer campaign is dropped after two years.

The campaign comprised national and regional advertising in newspapers, radio and television and was supported with campaign packs, posters, stickers, flyers and leaflets.

The latest phase of the campaign was due to have been rolled out in October 2010. But Ucatt were informed the launch of the campaign had been delayed due to the Government’s spending freeze.

Alan Ritchie , General Secretary of UCATT, said: “The cancellation of the Hidden Killer campaign will cost the lives of construction workers.

“This is directly a result of the Government’s cuts. I challenge Iain Duncan Smith who is ultimately responsible, to look me in the eye and tell me cutting this campaign is justified and will not endanger the lives of workers.

“The lack of knowledge about asbestos among many workers is frightening. The Government has a duty to ensure that workers know the dangers and are fully protected. They must not play Russian Roulette with workers lives.”

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