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18th February 2013

HSE Launches National Safety Clampdown on Construction Sites

Unsafe practices on construction sites are to be targeted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

During a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, the HSE will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

Between 18 February and 15 March 2013, inspectors will be making unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure they are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. The inspectors will also be checking for general good order, assess welfare facilities and whether suitable PPE such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

Following the ‘Fee for Intervention’ initiative which was launched late last year – Lighthouse is taking the opportunity to warn that this could result in a costly exercise for businessess where the HSE does find issues which require improvement.

Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

“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.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”

If you have any concerns about current standards of health and safety on your sites, Lighthouse consultants are always on hand and can be contacted on 0845 4591724.

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