Nearly a fifth of Lancashire construction sites fail safety checks
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Construction signs could help to turn around close to one in five construction sites in Lancashire that have been ordered to stop working because they failed health and safety standards.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors made unannounced spot-checks at 38 sites in Blackburn, Rossendale and Hyndburn as part of a month-long crackdown on construction sites that is taking place across the UK.
Seven did not meet legal health and safety standards and were issued with prohibition notices, with six of those notices stopping unsafe work at height from being carried out.
The regulator decided to launch the safety initiative after eight construction workers died and more than 1,000 were injured in the county between April 2009 and March 2010.
Allen Shute, HSE inspector for construction, said workers' lives were potentially being put at risk at nearly a fifth of the sites visited.
"That is a sobering statistic," he said.
"Falls from height are one of the main causes of workplace deaths in the UK so it's both disappointing and worrying that the majority of the prohibition notices we issued were because companies were found not to be taking this risk seriously enough."
When the HSE undertook similar checks in Merseyside, it found that nearly one in four of the region's sites failed to pass safety checks during only the first two days of the month-long initiative.
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