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HSE - Poor standards unacceptable on construction sites

HSE - Poor standards unacceptable on construction sites

22 February 2012 Email this article

HSE clampdown to reduce death and injury on construction sites

Their primary focus will be high-risk activity such as working at height and also 'good order' such as ensuring sites are clean and tidy with clear access routes.

Construction sites are being put under the spotlight as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. Between 20 February and 16 March, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive will be visiting sites where refurbishment or repair works are being carried out.

This is part of a national month-long drive to improve standards in one of the Britain's most dangerous industries. The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in construction that poor standards are unacceptable, and could result in enforcement action. During 2010/11, 50 workers were killed while working in construction and 2298 major injuries were reported. Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said: "The refurbishment sector continues to be the most risky for construction workers, all too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put at risk.

In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference. "Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable. As we have demonstrated in the past, we will take strong action if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk." Further information about safe-working in construction can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction