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“This, if anything, is an underestimation of the wider benefits of infrastructure investment. CECA’s research has demonstrated that for every 1,000 jobs created in infrastructure construction, 3,000 are created in the wider economy due to increases in the demand for goods and services from industries in the supply chain.

“In particular, CECA welcomes the fact that this investment is not to the detriment of other sectors, but part of the government’s plan to renew all parts of the UK’s infrastructure to meet the needs of a twenty-first century economy.

“The government is rightly undertaking the largest programme of investment in Britain’s roads sector since the 1970s in order to create a high-performance network that will cope with the expected 43 per cent increase in traffic by 2040.

“It is vital that all parties support such investment, which will not only provide the transport networks our businesses and commuters need, but drives job creation up and down the country.”

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IPAF calls on Minister to urgently review HSE response to industry accidents

In response to a call from IPAF’s UK Council, IPAF CEO and Managing Director, Tim Whiteman has issued a letter to the Minister of State for Employment, Ms Esther McVey MP, who holds responsibility for the HSE.

Mr Whiteman is asking her to urgently review the time taken by the HSE to respond to a fatal accident involving a MEWP (mobile elevating work platform) in June 2013.

In the letter, he expresses the extreme concern of IPAF’s UK Council over the delay taken by the HSE in reporting any information regarding the accident and the potentially negative effect this could have on the industry.
On behalf of the IPAF UK Council, Mr Whiteman calls on the Minister to review why it is taking so long for any information about this incident to be released. Also to institute measures to ensure that preliminary information about fatal accidents be released in a timely fashion to ensure that lessons can be learned and appropriate measures taken.

He said “It is now five months since the fatal accident took place and no information or data has been released to the industry. This delay is not acceptable; it leads to confusion and concern in the industry and can even lead to people considering the use of alternative, less safe methods of performing temporary work at height.”

He added, “IPAF’s members and staff represent an enormous pool of industry knowledge and expertise. They stand ready to assist in any way possible to ensure that appropriate resources and skills are available for such investigations.”

The letter also draws parallels between the powered access and the aviation industry; as MEWPS are used to lift people into the air, if something goes wrong, the consequences can easily be fatal. IPAF’s voluntary accident reporting programme, similar to that of the aviation sector aims to share safety information for the greater good of all in the industry.

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