Construction workers could be left without hard hats on sites after life-saving laws were scrapped this week.
That is the warning from leaders of construction union Ucatt who fear the end of head protection regulations could lead to contractors skimping on safety equipment.
The head protection laws were scrapped as part of a shake-up in health and safety regulations as the Government moves to cut red tape.
Ucatt said the previous law had seen the average number of construction workers dying as a result of a head injury fall from 48 a year to 14 a year.
General secretary Steve Murphy said: “Construction workers are being placed in danger by the scrapping of these regulations.
“Many construction companies will use the scrapping of the regulations as an excuse not to provide life-saving protective equipment.”
But the HSE insisted the change would not jeopardise site safety standards.
Contractors will still need to comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 which have been amended so that they cover the provision and use of head protection on construction sites.
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