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    STANDARDS ON REFURB PROJECTS REMAIN BELOW PAR

    Inspection blitz reveals almost 20% of inspected projects fail basic safety checks

    During February and March HSE Construction Inspectors visited a 3237 sites and engaged with 4080 contractors. Sites where refurbishment or repair work was being carried out were targeted with the aim of reducing the risk of death, injury and ill health. HSE inspectors looked at whether:

    It has now been reported that 581 sites were found to have practices that put the workforce at risk leading to 870 enforcement notices being issued and in 603 instances work had to stop immediately. See futher images.

    Too many continue to put lives at risk

    The focus was on high-risk activity including working at height and ensuring sites were in ‘good order’, being clean and tidy with clear access routes.

    Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

    “It is encouraging that inspectors found a slight improvement in standards and small construction firms are taking safety seriously when carrying out refurbishment work.

    But this is just a snapshot, and the number of notices served for unsafe work at height is still unacceptable, particularly when the safety measures are well-known and straightforward to implement.

    Too many contractors continue to put their own or other people’s lives at risk and we will not hesitate to take action where standards are not met.”

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