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TOO MANY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BELOW PAR IN NW TEST

One in five construction sites visited by inspectors fail safety checks

HSE has reported on two days of “intensive inspections” in South Lakeland and Barrow on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September during which eight of 40 sites visited failed to meet legally required standards for health and safety.

Nine Prohibition Notices were issued by inspectors stopping particular work activities immediately and six Improvement Notices requiring changes to be made to working practices. The majority of the notices related to work being carried out at height, without suitable safety measures in place.

Persistent minority letting down the rest of the industry

Inspectors also looked at the general state of sites, structural stability, public protection, fire safety and asbestos issues during the checks which targeted sites where refurbishment or repair work is taking place.

HSE Inspector Allen Shute said:

“It’s an alarming statistic that, on average, a construction worker is killed or suffers a major injury in Cumbria every nine days.

The latest inspections we carried out in the southern part of the county show that the majority of companies are doing everything they can to protect workers, but sadly the persistent minority are letting down the rest of the industry.

Construction work, by its very nature, has risks so it’s therefore vital employers do all they can to make sure lives aren’t put in danger.”

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