Don't be fooled by health and safety cheats and proxy testing
The CITB-Construction Skills is urging us to watch out for health and safety fraud, known as proxy testing - where workers are using other people's identification passes with their own photograph.
This issue has come to light after two men were jailed for 18 months, for taking multiple health and safety tests on behalf of other construction workers. They were caught by staff at CITB-ConstructionSkills' test centre in Luton, Bedfordshire and sentenced for 9 months each. These men are foreign nationals and after serving their sentence, they will be deported.
CITB-ConstructionSkills’ Product Delivery Manager Chris Little said;
"Both men were being paid to take the test by other candidates, and it soon became clear to us that the same men were taking the test for other people each time."
CITB-ConstructionSkills Chief Executive Mark Farrar commented;
“I’m glad the vigilance of CITB-ConstructionSkills staff caught and put a stop to this illegal activity. We support the industry by continually investigating test fraud, and we take it very seriously indeed. Proxy testing is self-defeating because it both endangers the lives of the people who solicit it and their colleagues on construction sites. Those who are found to be proxy testing will be reported to the police and could face prosecution.”
This addresses the need to be extra vigilant when it comes to identity checks and proxy testing - something that could jeopardise safe practice, putting lives in danger.