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TOO MANY WALES AND WEST PROJECTS FAIL TEST

Nearly one in three sites come up short during HSE inspections

HSE construction Inspectors have visited sites throughout Wales and the South West as part of the national HSE month-long ‘clampdown’ aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health on refurbishment and repair projects.

The unannounced visits checked high-risk activity i.e. working at height, plus standards of ‘order’, welfare facilities and PPE. HSE has now reported that almost a third of the sites visited failed the health and safety checks:

  • Standards found – 130 of the 439 sites checked were not meeting the minimum legal standards; and
  • Action taken 110 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Paul Harvey, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Wales and Andrew Kingscott, Principal Inspector for the South West said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

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