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HSE BLITZ ON REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS IN FULL FLOW

Construction Inspectors clampdown on unsafe UK refurb work across UK

HSE inspectors across the UK are now undertaking a month-long national initiative to improve standards on refurbishment projects.

The primary focus of the inspections will be on high-risk activity includng work at height and ‘good order’ i.e. clean and tidy sites with clear access routes and good welfare facilities. They will also assess general site safety to identify potential risks. At the inspections HSE will expect to find:

  • jobs that involve working at height identified and properly planned with appropriate precautions in place;
  • correct installation of work equipment with inspection, maintainance and operative training in place;
  • well organised sites, walkways and stairs to avoid trips and falls;
  • work areas clear of unnecessary materials and waste.

Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of fatalities and major injuries in the construction sector in Great Britain, with more than five incidents recorded every day.

Poor management of risks is unacceptable

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in construction that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action. David Stewart, Principal Inspector for Construction for HSE said:

“This will be the sixth year that we have run the inspection initiative and we anticipate that that we will see examples of good practice – where employers are taking the right steps to protect their workers – and bad – where safety comes too far down the list of priorities.

Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable, especially when many of the incidents can be avoided through simple precautions. As we have demonstrated in the past, we will take strong action if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk.”

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