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One in six construction sites fail to prevent health risks

One in six construction sites fail to prevent health risks

10 August 2014 Email this article

Despite the risks being well-known, there’s clearly more work to do on getting the health and safety message out there.

A crackdown on building site health risks by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has resulted in enforcement action being taken at one-in-six of the sites visited.

During a concentrated two-week period of proactive inspections, the HSE demanded improvements and in some cases put an immediate stop to work activities, where they fell short of expected standards.

The sort of things HSE inspectors were focussing on included respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration.

Enforcement Notices were served at 85 of the 560 sites visited and 13 Prohibition Notices were served – which stop certain work or practices until improvements are made. 107 Improvement Notices were handed out, and a total of 239 health-related Notices of Contravention were served at 201 of the sites.