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    REFURBISHMENT PROJECT ‘BLITZ’

    HSE starts targeting refurbishment projects across GB

    Refurbishment sites across Great Britain can expect visits from HSE inspectors throughout March 2009 aimed at tackling poor health and safety standards. Last year (2007/08p) more than half (52%) of the British workers who died on construction sites worked in refurbishment, repair and maintenance.

    The intitiative supports HSE Shattered Lives and Hidden Killer campaigns and inspectors will be engaging principal contactors to see how they are managing:

    • working at height safely;
    • good order on site and;
    •  risks associated with the removal of asbestos.

    Comment: Contractors can expect strong enforcement action. During similar inspection initiatives Construction Inspectors carried out over 2,400 refurbishment site inspections nationally, resulting in enforcement action being taken on around 1 in 3 of the sites visited.

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    Posted on 31st October 2019

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    Posted on 28th October 2019

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

    HSE LOSES PATIENCE WITH ERRANT CONTRACTOR

    Roofing firm fined £30,000 over failure to manage work at height risks

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

    TRUSS ERECTION LACKED INTERNAL FALL PROTECTION

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

    CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER ASBESTOS RISK

    Checks for presence of asbestos not undertaken prior to refurbishment

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

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    Posted on 10th October 2019

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    Posted on 10th October 2019

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    Posted on 10th October 2019

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    Posted on 8th October 2019

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    Posted on 7th October 2019

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    Posted on 30th September 2019

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    Posted on 30th September 2019

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    Posted on 30th September 2019

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    Posted on 23rd September 2019

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    Posted on 23rd September 2019

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    Posted on 23rd September 2019

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    Posted on 16th September 2019

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    Posted on 16th September 2019

    FIRMS FAILED TO MONITOR SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK

    Principal Contractor and specialist fined over fall through roof mesh

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    Posted on 12th September 2019
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