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HSE INSPECTION BLITZ

Blitz on property development and refurbishment projects

HSE Construction Division in London has ordered that work be stopped on 12 CDM projects because of concerns about unsafe working practices including work at height, unstable structures, fire risks, incompetent workers and dangerous excavations. Twelve prohibition notices and five improvement notices were served on the owners of buildings and contractors.

Inspector Sarah Snelling said: “Last year 77 workers died in the construction industry in the UK and over half of these were in the refurbishment sector, where the number of deaths rose by more than 60%. We have been working with Local Authority officers in this area for several months and have been appalled at the willingness of building owners and their contractors to ignore basic safety precautions. Our advice to those who work in the refurbishment and conversion sector is to plan work, use competent workers and, if working at height, use the right equipment and use it safely.”

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Posted on 27th March 2018
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