HSE targets London sites in safety drive
The HSE has got the unsafe construction sites of London in its sights, as it launches a month-long inspection drive in the capital.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will make unannounced visits to sites across all boroughs where refurbishment or repair works are taking place in order to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.
They’ll also be checking for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check that the right PPE is available and is being used properly.
Separate visits will also take place in the weeks ahead looking specifically at the construction of domestic basements, and at potential issues relating to inadequate temporary works for excavations, such as propping.
Four workers were killed on construction sites in London last year, and a further 471 were injured. It is hoped that this initiative will remind London workers of these risks.