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Over 1k construction sites fail safety checks

22nd October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

More than 1,000 construction sites do not pass safety checks, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found.

In a nationwide campaign, the HSE visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, with inspectors finding basic standards were not being reached on 1,105 sites.

In 644 premises, practices were so poor that enforcement action was needed to protect workers, leading to 539 prohibition notices being served.

A total of 414 improvement notices were also issued, calling on standards to be improved.

Heather Bryant, HSE’s chief inspector of construction, said: "It is disappointing to find a significant number of sites falling below acceptable health and safety standards, where our inspectors encountered poor practice this often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding."

Ms Bryant explained that the HSE is working with the industry in a bid to drive up standards to tackle underlying issues before they become established.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801652030-ADNFCR


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