Nearly a third of High Peak construction sites declared unsafe
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
The importance of using construction site signs has been highlighted after a Health and Safety Executive investigation found close to a third of construction sites in High Peak, Derbyshire, were so dangerous workers' live were at risk.
Inspectors from the regulator attended 56 sites earlier this month as part of its UK-wide initiative on reducing deaths and injuries in the construction sector.
Some 17 sites were so far below the required health and safety standards that inspectors issued formal enforcement notices on the spot.
Current figures show that, on average, a construction worker is injured in High Peak every three weeks.
Nic Rigby, HSE principal inspector for construction, said: "We saw a total of 68 different contractors in High Peak and it's disappointing that so many of them are ignoring their health and safety responsibilities - especially after we publicised the fact we would be visiting the area."
He added that many of the enforcement notices related to unsafe work being carried out at height - the number one cause of deaths in the construction industry.
More than five incidents are recorded every day, according to the HSE.
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