Construction sites 'not child's play'
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
Construction sites are not playgrounds for children, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned, as the holiday season gets into full swing.
After one child died and 25 were injured on building sites in 2008/09, the HSE is issuing safety messages to warn parents and children about the risks of playing on them.
Firms will also be told to ensure that their sites are safe and secure, and to carry out regular safety checks.
Philip White, the HSE's chief inspector of construction, said: "Without proper precautions, construction sites are dangerous places for those who work on them day in day out, never mind the risks to children who simply see them as exciting playgrounds and don't understand the dangers.
"Construction managers should check their sites are secure, and in areas where children live and play they should ensure that risks to children are properly controlled."
According to the HSE, in 2006/7, 30 children aged 15 or under were seriously injured in the construction sector, and one died.
Businesses can also ensure their sites are safe by installing appropriate safety signs and warning signs.
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