Construction firms' failures underline value of safety signs
Over a quarter of construction sites visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Greater Manchester last week failed their inspections, it emerged yesterday (March 15th).
During a two-day project, the HSE assessed 163 sites in Manchester, Salford and Trafford and was forced to issue 56 enforcement notices at 42 of them.
Most of the poor practices involved working at height, while dust and dangerous electric facilities were also noted, highlighting the need for adequate safety signs.
"Hundreds of construction workers are seriously injured every year because companies don't treat the safety of their employees as a priority," said Polly Tomlinson, the HSE's principal inspector for construction in Greater Manchester.
"We will continue to make visits to sites and take enforcement action, when necessary, until the message gets across. It simply isn't worth taking risks to try and save money."
The HSE is embarking on a two-month project aimed at targeting construction sites across the UK, with inspectors turning up unannounced to assess safety procedures.
Figures from the body suggest that there were 498 serious injuries and one death on construction sites in Greater Manchester last year.
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