HSE launches month-long safety blitz on refurb sites

Grant Prior 5 years ago
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HSE inspectors are starting a month-long inspection blitz today on refurbishment and repair jobs.

The nationwide campaign will run until March 15 with inspectors making unannounced visits to construction sites.

Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said: “Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark.

“Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities is unacceptable.

“In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference, and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”

During inspections, HSE inspectors will consider whether:

jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place.

equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly

sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls

walkways and stairs are free from obstructions

work areas are clear of unnecessary materials and waste

that suitable PPE, including head protection, is provided and worn at all times

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