HSE announce new initiative aimed at improving safety in construction sector…
A new safety initiative will be launched today aimed at improving safety at constuction sites at schools and universities during the summer holiday period.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be sending safety inspectors to various sites in the North West region of the UK in August after recent statistics revealed that a worker in the construction sector is four times more likely to suffer a fatal injury at work compared with the average worker. The figures show that 39 workers died in the construction sector last year in spite of the fact that only 5% of the workforce were employed in the sector.
Typically there is an increase in construction projects at eductional facilities in the summer time while students are on holidays and HSE inspectors intend to make unannounced visits to various sites to ensure that safety protocols are being followed.
The inspectors will be closely examining working at heights, asbestos management, general site maintenance and if the facilities and equipment made available to workers are up to standard. The Inspectors will take immediate action if safety standards at the sites are not at expected levels and they can halt projects by handing out enforcement notices requiring firms to make the changes necessary to safeguard their workers.
HSE Principal Inspector for Construction, Neil Jamieson spoke about the new initiative:
“There’s likely to be lots of work taking place at schools, universities and student accommodation during the summer break but there’s a danger lives could be put at risk if firms are rushing to complete work in time for the start of the autumn term.
“Safety has to be the top priority on any construction site and it’s simply not worth taking risks to try and finish jobs early. The death rate for construction workers is four times the national average, and employers should be doing all they can to tackle this issue.
“Hopefully the majority of the sites we visit will have high safety standards but we won’t hesitate to take action if we find workers are being put in danger.”
Author: Julian Roberts
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