HSE inspections uncover safety failings at one in five construction sites

Nearly one in five construction sites failed safety inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive earlier this year.

Visiting a total of 2363 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, and seeing 2976 contractors, the HSE found numerous examples of poor practice during the unannounced inspections between 18th February and 15th March 2013.

A total of 631 enforcement notices were served in March across 433 sites for poor practices which were deemed to put workers at risk, with 451 notices ordering work to stop immediately until health and safety issues were resolved.

Philip White, the HSE’s chief inspector of construction said:

“This initiative has once again shown us that the majority of construction employers do take their responsibilities to their workers seriously.

However, our inspectors also encountered numerous examples of poor practice, from lack of edge protection on stairwells and scaffolding to unsafe storage of flammable materials and inadequate personal protective equipment. None of these are acceptable on a modern construction site.”

During 2011/12 49 workers were killed while working in construction and 2,884 major injuries were reported.

Source: HSE

Construction remains one of the most dangerous industries to be employed in, therefore minimising the risk of accidents is simply imperative. Everyone has the right to return home from work safely at the end of each day, and provision of effective health and safety training ensures that both you and your employees develop the vital skills and knowledge required to stay safe.


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