The importance of health and safety on construction sites has again been highlighted by a recent press release by the Health & Safety Executive(HSE)...
The importance of health and safety on construction sites has again been highlighted by a recent press release by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). They reported that almost half the refurbishment construction projects in and around Stamford Hill in North East London failed health and safety spot checks.
During the inspection 22 sites were visited. The HSE had to take Enforcement action at nine of the sites. Six Prohibition Notices were served which required dangerous practices to stop immediately. Most of these related to unsafe work at height.
In addition, six Improvement Notices (all due to training and welfare concerns) were issued requiring safety improvements to be made. One site was closed down due to exceptionally hazardous conditions.
An HSE representative said: "Construction remains one of Britain's most dangerous industries and fatal incidents across London have shown how devastating they can be.
"We are very concerned at the number of small sites that are failing to take the most basic precautions to protect workers and members of the public. Good health and safety on construction sites is a legal requirement and we will continue to clamp down on dangerous practices or poor standards until the message gets through.
"Contractors must properly plan their work and protect their workers from risks such as falls from height or structures collapsing."
Whilst these inspections took place in London, the importance of good health and safety practices are of course relevant across the UK.
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