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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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