HSE Begins Intense Inspections

The Health & Safety Executive has started intense construction site inspections across Great Britain. The decision comes as an attempt to clamp down on the number of work related deaths in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.

The focus of the inspection, which will run until 16 March, is high risk activity such as working at heights. However, inspectors will also be looking for sites to be clean and tidy with clear access routes.

HSE chief inspector of construction Philip White said: “The refurbishment sector continues to be the most risky for construction workers, all too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put at risk. In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference.

“Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable. As we have demonstrated in the past, we will take strong action if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk.”

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