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REFURBISHMENT PROJECT ‘BLITZ’

HSE starts further initiative to raise standards in refurb sector

An refurbishment project inspection ‘Blitz’ by HSE inspectors is set to take place across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

The latest statistic for 2007/08 show that 52% of workers who died on construction sites worked in refurbishment, repair and maintenance. These activities will be the focus of the intensive inspection campaign running between 16 and 20 November 2009.

During previous initiatives, HSE’s construction team carried out enforcement action on nearly a third of all the sites it visited.

HSE construction inspector Paul Humphries said: “While workers in the refurbishment sector continue to be injured and killed, HSE will continue to target the contractors and principal contractors on those sites who flout health and safety law, and carry out enforcement action where necessary.

“In particular, we will be looking to see if jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place; that equipment is correctly installed and assembled, inspected, maintained and used properly.

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