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SMALLER SITE SAFETY STANDARDS SHOW NO IMPROVEMENT

HSE mini blitz of London refurb projects reveal half fail spot checks

A one day inspection initiative by HSE in North London required enforcement action at nine sites and one site was completely “closed down” due to exceptionally hazardous conditions.

Five prohibition notices related to unsafe work at height whilst training and welfare concerns were dealt with by improvement notices.

Common issues found during the inspections were:

  • Work at height: absence of edge protection to prevent falls from height;
  • Planning: lack of proper planning for site safety;
  • Training: poorly trained site managers; and
  • Welfare: inadequate welfare facilities for workforce.
Contractors must properly plan their work

Mike Williams, Principal Inspector for HSE’s construction division in North and East London said:

“Construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous industries and fatal incidents across London have shown how devastating they can be.

We are very concerned at the number of small sites that are failing to take the most basic precautions to protect workers and members of the public.

Good health and safety on construction sites is a legal requirement and we will continue to clamp down on dangerous practices or poor standards until the message gets through.

Contractors must properly plan their work and protect their workers from risks such as falls from height or structures collapsing.”

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