Intensive Inspection of Construction Sites
Construction sites are being put under the spotlight as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.
Between 20 February and 16 March, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive are visiting sites where refurbishment or repair works are being carried out. This is part of a national month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.
Their primary focus will be high-risk activity such as working at height and also ‘good order’ such as ensuring sites are clean and tidy with clear access routes.
The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in construction that poor standards are unacceptable, and could result in enforcement action.
During 2010/11, 50 workers were killed while working in construction and 2,298 major injuries were reported.
Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, 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.”
LST Comment; Proper Planning and organisation can prevent poorly managed sites. LST can provide a useful service to assist in planning for future work, help in site set up and the ongoing monitoring to ensure a fully compliant site.