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    SCOTLAND STANDARDS LOW BUT IMPROVING

    Work stopped at one in five Scottish refurbishment sites

    HSE Construction Inspectors in Scotland took formal action to stop work activity at one in five of the construction sites they visited during a recent inspection initiative. During March 2009 inspectors visited 199 sites and met 292 contractors. A total of 28 Prohibition Notices were issued preventing unsafe work at height and other notices were issued for poor order and asbestos-related matters.

    Jeanette Reuben, Head of Construction in Scotland commented: “I was disappointed at the standards of work we encountered on sites during our recent inspections. It is particularly disappointing because earlier this year we made our intentions known, informing the industry that we planned to carry out in March our intensive inspection initiative at refurbishment sites.” However, she added: ” it’s not all bad news. Similar inspection initiative by inspectors last year in Scotland resulted in notices at almost 1 in 3 sites, not the 1 in 5 encountered this year.”

    Comment: It will be interesting to see the UK wide report on the HSE refurbishment blitz. The impression provided by interim reports suggests that standards remain poor.

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