Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

HSE ‘CLAMPDOWN’ MAY YEILD £1/2 MILLION IN FEES

Over 40% of refurb and repair sites fail basic health and safety checks

During September 2013 HSE Construction Inspectors made unannounced ‘clampdown’ visits to refurb and repair projects throughout the UK.

Inspectors were checking that high-risk activities e.g. work at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts, were being properly managed and controlled. In addition, HSE also considered good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities.

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the sites visited during the month long safety drive. HSE now report:

  • Visits – 2,607 refurbishment or repair work sites visited;
  • Failed – 1,105 sites failed to meet basic safety standards;
  • Enforcement – 644 sites revealed practices requiring enforcement action;
  • Prohibtions – 539 prohibition notices served stopping work immediately; and
  • Improvements – 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve;

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.

Poor practice hand in hand with a lack of understanding

Heather Bryant, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction:

 “It is disappointing to find a significant number of sites falling below acceptable health and safety standards, where our inspectors encountered poor practice this often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding.

Through initiatives like this we are able to tackle underlying issues before they become established and we will continue to work with the industry in an effort to drive up standards.  

However those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce can expect to face tough consequences.”

Comment

Latest data from HSE shows that the average Fee For Intervention charge is running at £428.

This initiative found that 1105 sites “failed to meet basic safety stanadards”. It is therefore likely that those in ‘material breach’ are facing invoices totally over £1/2 million.

 

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

NEW ISO 45001 MANAGEMENT STANDARD IMMINENT

Standard capable of replacing OHSAS 18001 with relative ease

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

APPEAL COURT RULES ON LEGAL PRIVILEGE CASE

Decision may prompt further caution during internal investigations

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

TIPPER TRUCK STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON SITE ROAD

Contractor fined £500,000 over poor traffic management arrangements

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

FALLING SCAFFOLD CLIP STRUCK PASSER-BY

Firm failed to follow risk assessment and method statement

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 14th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HOMES FIRM FINED £1/2M OVER DUMPER DEATH

Developer and contractor failed to manage people and plant interface

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th February 2018

SUPREME COURT RULES ON HSE ENFORCEMENT NOTICES

Post service evidence can be used to support HSE notice appeals

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th February 2018

SAFE INSTALLATION OF PRE-CAST FLOORING

Code of Practice for health and safety updated by industry federation

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 8th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

MANUAL HANDLING MUST INVOLVE ‘REAL RISK’

Court provides clarity on manual handling risk assessment rules

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th February 2018

SKIP LORRY DRIVER FATALLY INJURED BY LOADER

Hire company fined after lorry driver crushed between two vehicles

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

PUBLIC RISK COSTS CONTRACTOR DEARLY

Principal Contractor failed to assess and supervise work

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

TUBES FELL WHILST LIFTING OVER PERSONS BELOW

Lifting operations were not carried out in safe manner

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

‘DAREDEVIL’ SCAFFOLDER LANDS IN DOCK

Former HSE Inspector snaps dangerous working practices at 60 feet

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 1st FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

DIDCOT FATAL COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Police and HSE still seeking to understand why boiler house collapsed

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

SCAFFOLDER TRAINING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

CISRS training card renewal by CPD embraced by scaffolders

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 30th January 2018

HSE SUMMARY OF CONSTRUCTION SECTOR HARM

Infographic provides insight into industry priority hazards

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT AGREED CONTROLS

Risk assessment carried out but precautions not taken

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

HSE MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS SUMMIT 2018

hselogo1Regulator focuses on MSDs in construction and others sectors

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th January 2018

LOAD FELL FROM MAGNET AND STRUCK WORKMAN

Firm failed to properly assess and revise crane safe working load

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th January 2018

RAISING THE BAR ON LIFTING OPERATIONS SKILLS

New ‘Lifting Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship’ ready for delivery

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 24th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

SCAFFOLDING FIRM FINED OVER UNSAFE LOADING

Bin of scaffold fittings lifted by crane struck scaffolder

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

FATAL FALL FROM EDGE OF INDUSTRIAL ROOF

Suitable protection missing during installation of roof sheets

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 23rd January 2018
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access