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    HSE INSPECTION INITIATIVE

    Homebuild and refurb projects come under scrutiny in NW

    HSE has announced that this inspection initiative is part of a rolling inspection programme and will be ‘targeting house building and property refurbishment projects’. In 2006/07 these sectors accounted for 60 percent of all accidents in construction, but represents only 40 percent of all construction activity. During an initiative in February 2008 enforcement action was taken in 103 out of 187 visits. Projects visited during this initiative are being warned by HSE that they should expect robust enforcement action where poor H&S standards are found.

    Comment: A major problem for HSE may be in finding housebuild projects that are in progress in the current climate. In addition there has been some indication that standards in the homebuild sector have improved over the last 12 month. Refurbishment projects, especially when carried out by those new to property development, are still failing to reach the required standards.       
     

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