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News - 19 November 2014

Forty per cent of construction sites fail health and safety spot-checks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found that 40% of construction sites in Britain showed dangerous practices and poor conditions for its workers, and that one in five were found to be so poor that formal enforcement action was needed.

Many of the issues found could have been easily prevented with simple, straightforward management and planning, said the HSE.

HSE’s Chief of Construction Philip White said:
“These results show that whilst the majority of employers in the refurbishment sector are getting it right, a significant part of the industry is seriously failing its workers.”

Mike Twomey, Health & Safety officer for ABDS comments:
“The inspections looked at 1,748 sites over a period of a month, the main issues that were found concerned the management of asbestos, failure to control exposure to harmful dusts, noise and vibration, and insufficient welfare. However failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height was once again the most common issue found by Inspectors with 42 per cent of all enforcement notices served for this activity.”

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement

Further details can be found at www.hse.gov.uk

For those who are looking for a more personal approach on a range of issues, contact us at ABDS.

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