Hse Construction Site Inspection Uncovers Over 1,100 Dangerous Workplaces
22nd October 2013
Over 1,100 construction sites were found to be potentially putting workers at risk by failing to adhere to basic safety standards, a safety drive by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found.
This is almost half of the 2,607 sites the organisation inspected over September as part of its nationwide campaign. Overall, 644 sites had practices so poor that the HSE was forced to order enforcement action, with a total of 539 sites served with prohibition notices and 414 issued with improvement notices.
Some of the most common problems found by inspectors include a failure to provide adequate welfare facilities, exposure to construction dust and other hazardous substances, and a failure to protect employees working at height.
HSE Chief Inspector of Construction Heather Bryant expressed her disappointment at the high number of construction sites found to be failing to protect workers. Accident at work compensation claims are very common in the construction sector, and it is hoped initiatives such as the HSE’s inspections can drive up safety standards within the industry.
Ms Bryant said that inspectors found poor practice and a lack of understanding appeared to go “hand in hand” with other failings. She warned that firms that fail to protect the health and safety of their employees should expect “tough consequences”.
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