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HSE REFURBISHMENT ‘BLITZES’ RAISE OVER £1,000,000

Enforcement action increased 8% during HSE 2016 intensive inspections

On 7th December 2016 the HSE Board was informed of the initial results following an HSE construction sector intensive inspection initiatives during 2016 which targeted small refurbishment projects.

A total of 1840 work sites were visited and 2235 construction contractors were inspected during the initiative.

HSE inspectors found that:

  • Standards – 49 per cent of sites fell below the standard required to comply with health and safety requirements; and
  • Enforcement – inspectors served 741 formal Enforcement Notices (prohibition and improvement) and 1059 notifications of contravention. This represents an “8% increase on the 2015 initiative”.

Combining the enforcement notices and notifications of contravention indicates that 1800 Fee for Intervention (FFI) invoices will have been raised.

The average value of a construction sector FFI invoice is running at £604. This suggests that the construction refurbishment initiatives reported may have raised over £1,000,000 under the HSE Fee for Intervention scheme.

Work at height and health hazards remain

The initiative found that (in common with previous initiatives) HSE Inspectors were required to deal with a number of immediate risks, especially  poorly managed work at height.

In addition the inspectors found significant health risks where workers were exposed to asbestos and dusts, particularly silica and wood dust.

UCATT urge more resources for HSE

The construction sector trades union UCATT has called for increased resources for HSE. Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of construction union UCATT, said that the scale of poor standards found by HSE shows that:

“safety standards on small construction sites remain a basket case. Safety laws are being ignored and workers placed in daily danger.It is frankly more by luck than judgement that more workers are not being killed at work.

It also shows that the HSE needs greater resources to conduct these initiatives 12 months of a year as they are only able to visit a tiny amount of sites.”

 

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