New safety initiative launched to reduce scaffolding related accidents… A new safety initiative is being introduced at construction sites in the West Midlands, Worcestershire and Warwickshire in an attempt to reduce the number of workplace accidents and the associated injuries and fatalities that can occur in the building industry.
The HSE statistics report that in the years between 2006 and 2011 there were a total of 250 serious injuries that could be attributed to working at heights or to fixed or mobile scaffolding in the aforementioned three counties.
The HSE Inspectors that are visiting these sites will particularly focus on smaller construction projects where scaffolds are being used – it is thought that sometimes smaller companies or contractors might not pay as much attention to safety regulations or be even aware of them in the first place.
Principal Inspector Jo Anderson who is taking charge of this initiative said:
“Scaffolding still poses a significant risk to those involved in its construction and dismantling as well as those who use it. Too many workers needlessly die because work was not properly planned or the equipment was incorrectly installed or used.
“Over the next three weeks, inspectors will target sites where poor scaffolding is putting workers at risk and when necessary take enforcement action.”
HSE inspectors will also be checking to see if projects that involve the highly dangerous work activity of working at heights had been properly planned so that the risks of injuries or falls are greatly reduced. There will also be inspections of the equipment being used and the work practices surrounding these construction sites including risk assessment, installation, supervision and general on-site safety protocols.