Hartlepool firms subjected to health and safety checks
More than 85 companies in Hartlepool were subjected to safety-related checks during March, further highlighting the importance of having warning signs in place.
Inspectors from Hartlepool Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued 12 enforcement notices and 22 improvement notices, with 11 firms required to provide additional safeguards.
The main areas of concern were the management of asbestos, the fitting of edge protection on unguarded mezzanine floor storage areas and the testing of lifting equipment and air receivers.
HSE inspector Jonathan Wills revealed that work was also prohibited at two companies as a result of unguarded dangerous machinery.
"We're very pleased to see that the health and safety message is getting through in Hartlepool," he said.
"Preventing an accident occurring is much better than having to deal with the consequences, and as well as issuing notices, we were able to offer constructive, practical advice to many of the companies we visited."
The HSE also visited 62 construction sites in Derbyshire during March, issuing a total of 18 enforcement notices for work to stop immediately or improvements to be made.
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