Shad Puts Safety First - for Free

by Jane Shepherd - Date: 2008-08-20 - Word Count: 419 Share This!

An annual health and safety awareness day is being staged in Stoke-on-Trent to give workers within the construction sector a wealth of practical advice - for free.


The Safety Health Awareness Day (SHAD), now in its fifth year, is aimed at smaller firms in the building and construction industry - from sole traders up to those with 15 employees - in the Staffordshire and South Cheshire area.


Taking place at The Britannia Stadium on Thursday, October 2, the event offers visitors a choice of morning or afternoon sessions to attend.


Featuring demonstrations and workshops by leading experts in the health and safety field, each session will be opened by Ian Whittingham MBE.


Ian, a former roofer, has been confined to a wheelchair following a fall at work in 1993 and has since campaigned tirelessly for improvements in health and safety in the workplace.


In previous years more than 300 people have attended the event and this year the organisers hope to attract an even bigger audience.


Trevor Fletcher, spokesman for the North Staffordshire Health and Safety Group, which helps to organise SHAD, said: "This event brings together a wealth of information on topics including working at height, manual handling, occupational health and asbestos in refurbishment - as well as an exhibition area to look round.


"Generally speaking smaller firms can often struggle to access such a range of training on health and safety, but this event brings it all together in a convenient format.


"It is a great opportunity to get all this advice, support and guidance for free. The event is popular, so we would urge people to get in touch as soon as they can to book their place."


As well as the North Staffordshire Health and Safety Group, organisations offering support and practical advice to the programme include J & S Seddon, Kier, Redrow, Persimmon, Speedy, Taylor Wimpey, Laing O'Rourke and Countryside Properties, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, MH Safety Services and the Health and Safety Executive. They are all bringing their own experience of health and safety to share with delegates on the day.


Chris Comerford, of Fenton-based J & S Seddon, which has lent its support to the event since its launch in 2004, said: "SHAD provides a great opportunity to work together, share best practice and learn how to make the industry in this area safer."


To book places on the day and for further information call 01782 237214 or email All attendees will receive a certificate and a Health and Safety Information Pack.





Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685 - on behalf of SHAD.

07985 129315



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