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Forty per cent of sites not working safely at height

Forty per cent of sites not working safely at height

27 November 2014 Email this article

A month of unannounced inspection visits from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to construction sites across Britain have found that a worrying 40% of sites are failing to sufficiently protect workers.

After visits from 22 September to 17 October 2014 at 1,748 sites, the HSE found one in five sites were so poor, formal enforcement was required. Some of these issues could have been easily solved with a little more planning and management.

The main aim behind these visits was to improve health risks. Failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height proved to be a major problem, with 42% of all enforcement notices being issued for failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height. 35% of the notices served were for problems such as management of asbestos, failure to control exposure to harmful dusts, noise and vibration and insufficient welfare.

A sum total of 313 prohibition notices and 235 improvement notices were issued.

Philip White, the HSE’s Chief of Construction commented: “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.”