Month long campaign aims to reduce rates of injuries and fatalities in construction sector…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is set to target unsafe working practices in construction sites across the UK as part of a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the frequency of accidents, injuries and deaths in the construction industry.
The campaign will last for a month and will involve an intensive investigation of building sites where repairs and refurbishment work are being carried out. The intention is to check that the highest standards in safety are being maintained at the sites and when that is not the case the HSE will intervene in order to improve safety standards.
Inspectors will be making unannounced visits to sites between February 18 and March 15 across the country and monitoring if the sites are doing everything possible to manage the risks associated with activities like working at heights. HSE officials also intend to check the condition of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being used by construction workers and general levels of site maintenance and welfare facilities.
In the last year the HSE report that 49 workers were killed while working at construction sites, a rate of almost one a week while 2,884 serious injuries were sustained in the same period. The goal of the campaign is to reduce these figures and to remind those that are not upholding the requisite safety standards that they may be prosecuted.
HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, Philip White commented on the new initiative:
“Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark. Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities is unacceptable.
“In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference, and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.
“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”
Author: Julian Roberts
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