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One in five construction sites unsuccessful in safety checks

3rd April 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Almost one in five construction sites failed safety checks in a recent initiative, research shows.

A total of 3237 sites were visited by Health and Safety Executive inspectors, with 581 found to be placing workers at risk. Of these, 870 enforcement notices were issued, while work had to stop instantly in 603 instances.

Philip White, chief inspector of construction, said:  "It is encouraging that inspectors found a slight improvement in standards and small construction firms are taking safety seriously when carrying out refurbishment work."

Mr White explained that the number of notices for unsafe work at height is unacceptable, especially because safety measures are straightforward to introduce.

In order to tackle health and safety, CITB-ConstructionSkills recently launched a new health and safety test.

The Health, Safety and Environment Test hopes to highlight areas that businesses must improve in, while underlining the advantages of upskilling and improving the sector's accident record.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801332482-ADNFCR


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