HSE begins blitz on refurbishment sector...
Feb 21, 2011
The HSE is undertaking a nationwide round of inspections on construction sites in a bid to reduce the toll of death and injury in the sector.
The blitz, which is now in its fifth year, will focus heavily on refurbishment and maintenance activities. The latest annual health and safety statistics revealed that nearly three-quarters of the 42 construction deaths last year (2009/10) related to these types of tasks.
During the unannounced visits , which started on 14 February, HSE inspectors will check that sites are managing work at height safely, that they are in good order to avoid trips and falls, and that walkways and stairs are free from obstruction. They will also monitor whether equipment is correctly installed, maintained and used.
In March last year, inspectors visited 2414 contractors at 2014 sites across Britain. A total of 691 enforcement notices were issued at 470 sites, with inspectors issuing orders to stop work immediately in 359 cases – either because of unsafe work at height, or because sites lacked good order.
The construction-site crackdown will also enable HSE inspectors to highlight the dangers of asbestos.
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