Forty per cent of small sites fail safety spot-checks

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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Four out of ten small construction sites failed safety spot-checks during an HSE blitz last month.

Inspectors said “unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair and refurbishment sites visite.”

Conditions on one in five sites were so poor that formal enforcement action was required.

The focus of the initiative was on health risks and 35% 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.

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But failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height was once again the most common issue found by Inspectors with 42% of all enforcement notices served for this activity.

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.

“The inability to properly plan working at height continues to be a major issue, despite well-known safety measures being straightforward to implement.

“It is just not acceptable that Inspectors had to order work to stop immediately on over 200 occasions because of dangerous practices.

“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.

“We need to continue to educate industry through initiatives like this and encourage a change in behaviour on small projects where over half the industry’s fatal accidents still occur and many workers become seriously ill.”

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