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One in five construction sites fail safety checks

HSE Construction inspectors carried out an intensive inspection initiative during February and March 2012, focusing on the refurbishment/building site risks that make construction one of Britain's most dangerous industries - working at height safely, good order on site, and the risks associated with the removal of asbestos.

Nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks during a national initiative to improve construction site safety - a slight improvement on previous years.

Inspectors visited a total 3237 sites and saw 4080 contractors.  581 sites were found to have practices that put workers at risk with a total of 870 enforcement notices issued and in 603 instances work had to stop immediately.

Targeted sites where where refurbishment or repair work was being carried out as part of an annual, month-long drive across Britain with the aim of reducing the risk of death, injury and ill health.

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