29 Jun 2015

More rebuild workers to get free health checks

1:08 pm on 29 June 2015

Hundreds more Canterbury rebuild workers will receive free health checks, to help raise awareness about hazards.

WorkSafe, with support from the Accident Compensation Corporation and the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter, is checking the health of more than 600 workers, starting today.

A van will travel around the Central Business District over the next two weeks, from which tests of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol will be carried out.

WorkSafe's Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety director, Kathryn Heiler, said the van was first introduced in March when 400 workers received the checks.

Ms Heiler said it was one way of educating workers about health risks they face on site, such as dust, noise, asbestos and fatigue.

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