Could construction safety signs help Merseyside's failing sites?
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Construction safety signage could help turnaround failing construction sites in Merseyside.
Nearly one in four of the region's sites failed to pass safety checks during the first two days of a month-long Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiative.
After carrying out inspections at 88 sites over February 14th and 15th, 21 did not meet the required health and safety standards.
The project was launched by the HSE after the death of eight workers and injuries to more than 1,000 others in the region between April 2009 and March 2010. In 2009/10, 42 workers died while working in construction nationally.
Given half of the Merseyside deaths happened during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities, the regulator made these areas the focus of its work.
"Workers' lives were potentially being put at risk on a quarter of sites we visited in just the first two days. That is a sobering statistic," Wayne Crumpton the HSE's principal inspector for construction, said.
"We will continue to visit small construction sites, where refurbishment work is taking place, during the rest of the initiative. The safety of workers must be a top priority and we will not hesitate to take action when necessary."
The inspections continue until Friday March 11th.
It is part of a UK-wide clampdown on construction sites.
HSE construction site safety crackdown underway
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