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    DANGEROUS CONDITIONS HALT SITE WORK

    Work brought to a stop on several North East construction sites

    An HSE initaitve aimed at improving safety and during refurbishment and roofing work has led to work being stopped on a number of sites.

    Inspectors visited sites from Teesside to Northumberland to raise awareness of construction risks and to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths.

    The initiative involved unannounced visits to 77 contractors on 39 sites across the region.

    Falls from height and asbestos risk not properly controlled

    A total of nine Prohibition Notices were served effectively stopping work due to concerns about working at height.

    Nine Improvement Notices were also issued to contractors where there was a need for workers to have asbestos awareness training or for the lack of personal protective equipment.

    This was the third such annual initiative where HSE Inspectors have carried out unannounced checks on the refurbishment sector.

    HSE Inspector John McGill said:

    “The construction industry is a challenging environment where each year workers are needlessly killed or injured.

    Working at height remains the biggest concern as it is the single greatest cause of workplace fatalities and slips and trips are the most common cause of injury.

    “Although some sectors in the industry have made improvements in recent years, standards in the refurbishment sector are still a cause for concern, especially on small projects”

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