Cumbrian construction sites struggle in HSE checks
More than a quarter of construction sites in Cumbria failed assessments by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last week, it emerged yesterday (March 23rd).
Inspectors embarked on a two-day project which involved visiting 45 sites in a bid to ensure that companies are employing the necessary safety procedures, such as warning signs.
However, the HSE issued 14 enforcement notices and 12 sites on March 18th and 19th, meaning they had to down tools immediately or commit to making drastic improvements.
"The majority of the construction sites our inspectors visited had good health and safety procedures in place," said Mark Cottriall, the HSE's principal inspector for construction in Cumbria.
"But the other 12 sites are letting the rest of the industry down and putting workers' lives at risk."
Mr Cottriall added that the HSE will continue to make unannounced visits until bosses fully appreciate the dangers of taking risks to try to save money.
Last week, a similar investigation by the HSE saw over a quarter of construction sites in Greater Manchester fail health and safety checks.
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