2012 Olympics workers get safety briefing

OLYMPICS authority chiefs have launched a safety campaign this week among their 12,000 construction workers.

The authority’s new chief executive, Dennis Hone, met some of his workforce at the 2012 Games site on his first day yesterday (pictured).

His safety push is aimed at getting workers to look out for their workmates as well as being vigilant about their own care.

He said later: “We prioritise on the health and safety of our workforce who are building world-class sporting venues, new bridges, roads, parklands and housing.”

The workers are getting briefings and given scratch cards which reward them with London 2012 merchandise.

Mr Hone took over from David Higgins, who had been the delivery authority’s chief executive since London won the 2012 Games bid five years ago. The Olympics site stretching from Hackney Wick to Stratford is the biggest construction project in Europe which is claimed to have had no ‘reportable’ accident since 2006.