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Basement projects show worrying lack of safety

18th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Surprise safety checks in three London boroughs revealed that a significant amount of domestic basement projects were not being carried out safely.

Out of 107 projects examined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 36 required enforcement action to be taken.

Of these unsafe sites, which make up 34 per cent of the total that were inspected, 41 Prohibition Notices and 21 Improvement Notices were served. The former force dangerous practices to stop immediately, and the latter require safety improvements to be made.

The majority of these were related to either working at height or dangerous excavations. These need to have guards in place to protect worker welfare, safety signage where appropriate and safe working practices planned.

Andrew Beal, principal inspector for HSE’s Construction Division in the City and South West London, said that the results suggest “the message isn’t getting through, or that there is complacency towards health and safety across this sector of the construction industry”.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801673812-ADNFCR


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