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One in five construction sites fall foul of HSE

One in five construction sites fall foul of HSE

30 March 2013 Email this article

Nearly one in five construction sites visited by the HSE across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after dangerous practices were spotted during spot inspections.  

In a month long initiative, inspectors visited a total of 2363 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place and saw 2976 contractors in total.

Following the visits, 631 enforcement notices were served across 433 sites for poor practices that could put workers at risk, with 451 notices ordering that work stop immediately until the situation was put right. Safety failings spotted included flammable materials being stored incorrectly and no edge protection having been put in place when contractors were working at height. 

Philip White, the HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction commented: "This initiative has once again shown us that the majority of construction employers do take their responsibilities to their workers seriously.

"However, our inspectors also encountered numerous examples of poor practice, from lack of edge protection on stairwells and scaffolding to unsafe storage of flammable materials and inadequate personal protective equipment. None of these are acceptable on a modern construction site.

"HSE will not hesitate to use its enforcement powers against reckless employers. It is they who continue to make construction one of the most dangerous industries in which to work."