Howay the Ladders
Construction sites across the North East were recently put under the spotlight as part of an intensive inspection regime by the Health and Safety Executive.
A total of 69 sites were inspected in September, and although the majority were found to be managing health and safety risks appropriately, work was stopped immediately on several sites. A total of 14 Prohibition Notices were served because the proper precautions were not in place for working at height, meaning that nearly a quarter of construction sites in the North East not observing good health and safety practices.
HSE Principal Inspector Robert Hirst said:"Whilst the initiative was primarily to raise awareness of the problem of unsafe working practices, it is of serious concern that such a significant proportion of sites visited were undertaking work at height in a dangerous manner.
"Straightforward practical precautions are well known in the industry. Safe access equipment is readily available for purchase or hire and there is no excuse for workers, and the self employed, to put themselves in a position of danger when working at height.
"HSE will continue to maintain a strong enforcement profile where there is blatant disregard to safe working practice."