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SITE SAFETY DURING SCHOOL BREAKS

HSE issue warning to parents and contractors on child safety

One child died and 60 others were seriously injured on UK construction sites during the last 2 years. HSE is concerned that the danger to children may now have increased with more sites mothballed during the economic downturn.

Parents are therefore being urged to keep their children away from construction sites so they stay safe during the summer break. 

Contractors are advised that, even if no work is taking place, regular checks should be carried out to make sure people are not able to get onto sites and they are in a safe condition.

If members of the public are concerned about the security or safety of a construction site they should call the HSE InfoLine on 0845 345 0055.  

John Blackburn, HSE Principal Inspector of Construction said: “We want children to enjoy playing outside during the summer holidays but it’s vital they stay safe. Construction sites often appeal to young people as they look like giant adventure playgrounds, but they can be extremely dangerous.” 

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