Refurb Safety has Improved
Following recent HSE inspections, it has been confirmed that safety on smaller sites is improving despite one in five jobs failing checks.
During the blitz of 3,237 sites, 581 sites were found to have practices that put workers at risk with a total of 870 enforcement notices issued and in 603 instances work had to stop immediately. Notices were served on 18% of sites compared to 22% in a similar initiative last year.
Chief Inspector of Construction, Philip White said, “It is encouraging that inspectors found a slight improvement in standards and small construction firms are taking safety seriously when carrying out refurbishment work.
“But this is just a snapshot, and the number of notices served for unsafe work at height is still unacceptable, particularly when the safety measures are well-known and straightforward to implement.
“Too many contractors continue to put their own or other people’s lives at risk and we will not hesitate to take action where standards are not met”