Construction workers undertake road safety training in Inverness

CONSTRUCTION workers have undergone road safety training in Inverness to help protect them from dangerous accidents.

Around 120 apprentices and staff in the construction sector attended the ‘Safe Driving in the North’ events, organised by the Highland Construction Training Group (HCTG) and funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Emergency services personnel teamed up with Highland Council Road Safety and the Scottish Government’s Health and Safety Executive to provide talks and practical training. Attendees also heard from Munlochy nurse, Rachael MacDonald, who shared the story of her brother Andrew, who died in a road traffic accident in Carrbridge in 2012.

Ian Phillips, chairman of HCTG and operations director of Robertson Group said, “Over the last five years, the busiest roads in the north of Scotland have had a serious crash rate of at least one per week. That’s why this it’s so important to raise awareness and deliver training to keep our workers a safe as possible on the roads.

“I’m delighted that HCTG was able to secure funding and support from CITB to deliver the event to around 120 apprentices and workers. I’m extremely grateful to all our partners who gave up their time to deliver such a successful event.”

Ian Hughes, strategic partnerships director, CITB Scotland added, “We wholeheartedly agree with HCTG’s approach to road safety, and to making sure that we do everything we can to protect apprentices and construction workers both onsite, and as they travel to work. I’d like to thank Highland Construction Training Group, the emergency services, Highland Council and the Scottish Health and Safety Executive for their invaluable input into this fantastic event.”