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Forty per cent of construction sites fail health & safety spot-checks

HSE is urging the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative, (September 14) found 40 per cent of sites failing to properly protect workers.

Unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair and refurbishment sites visited by HSE inspectors, with 1 in 5 sites so poor, formal enforcement action was required. Many of the issues found could have been easily prevented with simple, straightforward management and planning.

The focus of the initiative was on health risks and 35 per cent of the notices served were for issues such as management of asbestos, failure to control exposure to harmful dusts, noise and vibration, and insufficient welfare.

HSE's Chief of Construction Philip White said:

"These results show that whilst the majority of employers in the refurbishment sector are getting it right, a significant part of the industry is seriously failing its workers.

"We also find health is often overlooked as its implications are not immediately visible, however the effects of uncontrolled exposure to deadly dusts such as asbestos and silica can be irreversible. We urge industry to ensure the most basic of measures such as use of protective equipment and dust suppression methods are put in place to help protect the future health of workers.

For examples of good and bad practice Inspectors found during the campaign visit HSE's  Safersites 2014 Pinterest gallery link to external website[1]

You can also view HSE's set of instructional film clips on working safely with dust link to external website[2] on our Youtube page.

 

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