LIGHTS, CAMERA, INSPECTION: CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AND NEW SAFETY WEBSITE FROM HSE
Despite decades of campaigns, investment in training, and attitudes towards health and safety improving significantly in the last 30 years, it seems that basic errors are still being made on construction sites all over the UK, leading to death, injury and ill health when working at height.
In the last year [up to April 2012], 49 workers lost their lives on construction sites in the UK, with falls from height being the most common cause of fatal injuries and on average five such incidents being reported every day.
In response to this, the HSE is launching a targeted new inspection campaign across UK construction sites. Although the initiative is primarily aimed at those working on the external parts of buildings, the initiative will be looking at all work at height.
Inspectors will be looking at whether jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place, and whether equipment is correctly installed or assembled, and is correctly inspected, maintained and used properly. When you consider cases like this it’s not difficult to see why.
In an attempt to strengthen its efforts to educate employees about the dangers of working at height, the HSE has also just released a new interactive website, set in the fictional town of Fallington.
The website shows the hapless workers of Fallington making a range of common errors, such as using ladders on an uneven surface, and provides a checklist of what employees should be doing when working at height.