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Nearly 50% of Building Sites Fail Safety Checks

October 22, 2013
Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that nearly half of the construction sites visited by inspectors last month failed basic safety standards. As part of a nationwide campaign, inspectors looked at 2,067 sites where refurbishment for repair work was taking place and judged. 1,105 sites weren?t up to standard. At 644 sites practices required enforcement action with 539 prohibition notices and 414 improvement notices being served. Common problems included insufficient protection for those working at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities. The results were a disappointment to Heather Bryant, HSE?s Chief Inspector of Construction, who said; ?It is disappointing to find a significant number of sites falling below acceptable health and safety standards, where our inspectors encountered poor practice. This often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding.?

The building sector still features in the top three high risk industries with 39 fatal injuries to workers and five fatalities amongst members of the public in the year 2012/13. The most recent findings from the HSE carried out in April found 25% of sites in London failed safety inspections. Despite the disappointing figures Ms Bryant is convinced of the value of spot inspections, saying: ?Through initiatives like this we are able to tackle underlying issues before they become established and we will continue to work with the industry in an effort to drive up standards. However those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce can expect to face tough consequences.?

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