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HSE construction site safety crackdown underway

15th February 2011 | Construction Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) UK-wide clampdown on construction sites, which could see guidance issued on the effective use of construction safety signs, got underway this week.

Beginning yesterday (Monday February 14th), HSE inspectors will be making unannounced visits to sites across the country as part of a scheme to reduce death and injury in what is one of Britain's most dangerous industries.

Key focuses will be managing working at height safely and the management of potential asbestos exposure.

In 2009/10, 42 workers died while working in construction nationally, with close to three quarters occurring during refurbishment, repair and maintenance works.

"This will be the fifth year that we have run the inspection initiative across Britain and we anticipate that that there will be examples of both good and bad practice - those where employers are taking all the measures they can to protect their workers and those where safety is way down the list of priorities," the regulator's principal inspector, Archie Mitchell, said.

During 2010 inspections, the HSE visited over 2,000 sites, issuing over 350 prohibition notices.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800404982-ADNFCR


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