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Derbyshire construction firms struggle in HSE checks

20th May 2010 | Construction Signs

Almost one in three construction sites in Derbyshire failed health and safety checks during March, it was confirmed on Tuesday (May 18th).

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited 62 sites across the county and were forced to issue 18 enforcement notices for work to stop immediately or improvements to be made.

According to the HSE, the main unsafe practice being carried out was work at height, which provides further evidence of the importance of using appropriate warning signs.

"Companies have a legal responsibility to protect the lives of workers and site safety should be paramount," said Nic Rigby, the HSE's principal inspector of construction for Derbyshire.

Mr Rigby also revealed that official HSE figures suggest that there were 162 serious injuries on construction sites in Derbyshire last year.

Last week, Illson (Building and Contractors) Ltd and Kendal Varley were both fined after a man suffered a fractured vertebra in fall from height at a site in Burley in November 2008.

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