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    CONSTRUCTION SITES FAIL INSPECTION TEST

    Almost 40% of East Midlands sites below par during intensive inspection

    Inspectors from HSE carried out checks at over 180 construction sites across the East Midlands during two days of intensive inspections and found almost 40% of sites “failed the inspection”.

    A total of 44 enforcement notices were issued stopping work immediately or requiring improvements to be made. The majority of the notices covered unsafe work being carried out at height.

    Two projects are still under investigation with a view to prosecution.

    HSE wants to raise awareness of construction site risks to prevent deaths and injuries in the future. Construction is one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, with one death and 777 serious injuries in the East Midlands during 2008/9.

    Minority of poor performers tarnishing the industry

    An HSE spokesperson said: “The majority of the construction sites our inspectors visited had good health and safety procedures in place. But the other sites are letting the rest of the industry down and putting workers’ lives at risk.

    “HSE will not tolerate poor health and safety standards on construction sites and we will continue to make unannounced visits and take enforcement action when necessary, until the message gets across. It simply isn’t worth taking risks to try and save money.

    “Companies have a legal responsibility to protect the lives of workers and site safety should be paramount.

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