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    HSE INSPECTORS TO FOCUS ON SMALLER LONDON SITES

    Sites across the capital face safety checks to reduce death and injury

    Small construction sites across London are being targeted by HSE inspectors. Work on some sites has already being ordered to stop in a bid to reduce death and injury by focusing on smaller construction projects.

    Almost one in four of the 150 small construction sites visited so far have been issued with prohibition notices stopping some or all activities on site because of an immediate risk to workers.

    Inspectors will concentrate on how sites are managing working at height (roofwork etc) manual handling, as well as the welfare facilities for workers. Inspectors will offer advice but will take enforcement action to stop unsafe work and ensure any essential improvements are made.

    Over 70% of fall fatalities occur on small sites

    HSE figures show that between 2004 and 2010 there have been 59 fatalities in London with 30 being deaths arising from a fall. Over 70% of the deaths caused by a fall occurred on small sites.

    Andrew Beal, HSE Principal Inspector says:

    “Each year too many construction workers are needlessly injured or killed while working on site. Finding such poor work practices that we had to issues prohibition notices on nearly one in four sites is unacceptable, especially when many of the incidents are completely avoidable by taking commonsense actions and precautions.”

    Inspectors found examples of well run small sites. On other sites they were “disappointed at the level of ignorance about basic health and safety standards”. 

    Site managers need to focus on the basic steps needed to protect workers and members of the public. Enforcement action will continue to be taken where necessary to protect those who are at risk, or to make sure decent welfare arrangements are provided.

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