Put health and safety measures in place in order to stop skilled workers leaving the construction industry because of injuries, the Recruitment & Employment Federation has said.

The organisation attended a meeting of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC), which advises the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on protecting people from hazards to health and safety at work.

Daniel Griffin, policy advisor at REC Construction, said that it was in the interests of all to have a healthy and safe workforce.

"It is a personal tragedy and bad for business when skilled candidates are forced to leave the industry early as physical demands take their toll," he said.

Mr Griffin added that the REC backed CONIAC's efforts to improve industry standards.

Online self-assessment toolkits and occupational health were also discussed at the meeting.

According to provisional HSE figures, 152 workers were fatally injured in 2009/10, a fatal injury rate of 0.5 per 100,000 workers.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800248835-ADNFCR