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HSE urges construction workers to keep children away from sites

18th July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Construction workers should keep their children away from sites, it has been urged.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued this warning after a boy was photographed with his dad while he completed repairs on the roof of a three-bedroom semi-detached house.

The 51-year-old man is not being named but has been prosecuted by the HSE following the incident. He has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service and pay £200 in prosecution costs.

HSE inspector Matt Greenly said: “We understand it can be difficult to find things to keep children occupied during the school holidays, but taking them into potentially dangerous workplaces isn't the answer.

“The ten-year-old boy could easily have been seriously injured, or even killed, if he had slipped and fallen from the scaffolding.”

Mr Greenly emphasised that the worker put his own life at risk as well as his son’s, before advising construction workers to ensure they follow proper health and safety procedures.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801613976-ADNFCR


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