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Safety signs to be checked at as part of construction site inspections

11th February 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

Construction sites across the UK will undergo checks in the upcoming month as part of a bid to reduce the death and injury rate within the sector.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspections will assess all aspects of health and safety, including if the correct procedures are being followed and health and safety signs are being displayed in the correct manner.

Philip White, the HSE's chief inspector of construction, said: "A lax attitude to health and safety in one of the more dangerous industries is not acceptable, especially when many of the incidents are completely avoidable by taking common sense actions and precautions. As we've demonstrated in previous years, we will not hesitate to take action if we find poor practice that is putting the lives of workers at risk."

Figures from the HSE show that 42 workers died while working in construction during 2009/10.

During last year's inspections, which covered 2,014 sites and 2,414 contractors, the HSE issued more than 350 prohibition notices to stop dangerous work.

It was recently reported that the HSE will be visiting 100 firms in the town of Saltash as part of a health and safety initiative from Monday February 14th.


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