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    HSE REFURBISHMENT BLITZ UPDATES

    West Country tops enforcement whilst the Highlands are praised  

    The latest batch of results from the HSE refurbishment blitz have again revealed a wide range of standards across the UK. Inspections have taken place throughout March and the aggregated results can be expected in the coming weeks.

    fragile5South West 40 Enforcement Notices served prohibiting work or requiring significant improvements. Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector said: “It was disappointing to discover that the control over key risks was poor on almost half of the sites visited requiring us to intervene. I am however encouraged that the team also saw a number of smaller projects where the risks were well managed. 

    He added: “In the last 12 months the construction team have investigated the circumstances of six deaths on site including two separate incidents where individuals have fallen through fragile roofs. It is critical that any work on or near fragile surfaces needs to be carefully considered to ensure the risks of falls are adequately controlled.”

    towerBedford 2 Prohibition Notices served in relation to work at height. Peter Galsworthy, HSE Principal Inspector, said: ” Sites were found with serious health and safety issues – such risk to the workforce or public is unacceptable. HSE will continue to target those contractors who flout health and safety law and come down hard on them where necessary.”

    Edinburgh 6 Prohibition Notices served for dangerous working at height and silica dust.  HSE Principal Inspector Jim Skilling said “I was particularly disappointed at the standards of work we encountered on sites during our recent inspections in Edinburgh. I was also unhappy to find stoneworkers putting themselves at risk, by exposing themselves to large volumes of silica – dust produced when grinding stone.”

    Highlands  2 Prohibition Notices served for dangerous working at height. HSE Inspector Peter Black commented: “I was reasonably satisfied with the standards of work we encountered on sites during our recent inspections in the Highlands. Both the Prohibition Notices we issued were at sites where the client is a public body. As there is a national expectation from these clients that best practice should be the norm, I find it disappointing that this was not what we found.”

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    TWO DEFENDANTS HANDED PRISON TERMS OVER FALL

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    Posted on 3rd June 2019

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    Posted on 31st May 2019

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    Posted on 20th May 2019
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