One in four UK construction sites fail safety checks
Almost a quarter of all construction sites failed checks by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last month.
As part of an initiative which underlines the importance of having safety signs in place, HSE inspectors have been making unannounced visits to sites across the UK in recent weeks.
According to the body, a total of 2,014 sites were assessed during the month, with 691 enforcement notices issued at 470 of them.
In addition, the inspectors ordered work to be stopped immediately in 359 cases, mainly due to poor safety precautions for employees working at height or a lack of "good order" at sites.
"There are still a small number of employers or contractors who continue to put their own and other people's health and safety at risk," said Philip White, the HSE's chief inspector for construction.
"This is unacceptable. I want to make it clear to these operators that we will not hesitate to take action where standards of health and safety are endangering workers lives and livelihoods."
Last week, Ammex was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £6,750 in costs after one of its cladding employees suffered serious injuries in a fall from a roof.
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