More than 1,100 sites fail safety blitz checks

Grant Prior 6 years ago
Share

Nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety blitz failed basic checks by HSE inspectors.

The HSE visited 2,607 sites in September where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites.

On 644 sites, practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers – with 539 prohibition notices served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve.

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.

Heather Bryant, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction 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.

“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.”

 

Latest news

Giant property fund suspends dealing

Outflow of cash prompts move as investors flee sector
5 hours ago

Mace takes jump factory system to next level

Contractor launches Mace Tech business to transform high rise flats building
10 hours ago

Winvic to build £57m Cardiff PRS tower

Winner confirmed for build to rent scheme as Grainger agrees funding deal
11 hours ago

Creagh Concrete targets £200m turnover

Expanding concrete specialist looks to grow workforce to 1,000
10 hours ago

Council fined £1.4m after falling bollard injures girl

Court hears how failings at council's highways deprtment left a six-year old with brain injuries
10 hours ago

Consultation opens on ring-fencing retentions in Scotland

Specialist contractors call for action to protect retention payments
10 hours ago

Vital Energi lands £7m M&E package from Berkeley Homes

Latest win for specialist at Royal Arsenal Riverside development
10 hours ago

Willmott Dixon wins £39m university refurb job

London South Bank University awards contract for new learning hub
11 hours ago

Edinburgh private rental scheme approved

Moda Living gets all clear on 139-flat Springside scheme
10 hours ago

Plan for £100m landmark Portsmouth University project

13-storey academic building will rise to
1 day ago

Go-ahead for £500m Thames riverside fire station scheme

Developer U+I to start construction on major mixed use site in 2021
1 day ago

Just days left for deal to keep Midlands hospital restart on track

Government red tape over funding improvement targets holds up deal
1 day ago

Amey utilities and waste business up for sale

For sale sign hoisted over loss-making divisions employing around 6,000 staff
1 day ago

Skanska chalks up £23m Bristol secondary school job

Contractor has strong track record of school projects in the city
1 day ago

Nod for 350 flats plan at old Leicester City ground

Mix of rental and for sale flats to be built at former Foxes homes
2 days ago

Buyers report construction still in “contraction hole”

Speed of decline falls in November but political uncertainty casts shadow over industry
2 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the Enquirer Directory

Site for suppliers and buyers showcases products, services and latest stories
2 years ago

Heavy rain hits another major civils job

Galliford Try's £120m Lincoln Eastern Bypass turns into a quagmire
2 days ago

Sky plans major film studio complex at Elstree

Legal & General will develop and part-finance the 32-acre site in Hertfordshire
2 days ago

Chancellor pledges review of freelance tax changes

Review of planned IR35 changes could spare construction widespread disruption
2 days ago

ISG on board for £89m Cardiff bus interchange

Mixed use scheme is contractor's biggest win of the year
2 days ago

Atkins online plea to SMEs to help fix potholes

Consultant aims to reach more small firms by bypassing traditional procurement route
2 days ago

Plan for new 8,000-seat Edinburgh indoor arena

Arena scheme to include conference, retail, leisure and hotels
3 days ago

Lorne Stewart Engineering raids N G Bailey for CEO

Paul Briars returns to Lorne Stewart after 5 years as north west boss of Baileys
3 days ago

Balfour signs £217m Lincolnshire highways upkeep deal

Work to start next Spring on six-year highways maintenance contract
3 days ago

Liverpool Festival Gardens site remediation to start in 2020

6m layer of material across 28-acre site to be processed for 1,500 eco-home scheme
3 days ago

Liverpool unveil expanded £60m Anfield stand plan

New Anfield Road Stand would raise stadium capacity to 61,000
4 days ago

Stepnell curbs growth in profitability push

151-year-old regional builder consolidates after tough year of trading.
3 days ago

Start date for £120m Nottingham Guildhall plan

Work to start on 160-bed hotel next autumn
3 days ago

Council sues Camden tower block contractors

Rydon and United Living South face huge costs claim over fire safety failings at tower blocks
6 days ago

Contractor services