Top 6 risks HSE inspectors are looking for in today’s construction site crack down

by Alex on September 23, 2014

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The Health and Safety Executive is launching a inspection crack down on refurbishment sites across the UK today.

From 22 September until 17 October, HSE Construction Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

” This is the ninth annual Initiative and building on previous campaigns, HSE Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed”.

What are the HSE inspectors looking for?

  • Risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica are being controlled
  • Workers are aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it
  • Other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling, hazardous substances are being properly managed
  • Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place
  • Equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly
  • Sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate

During the last nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety drive.

Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites.  On 644 sites, practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers – with 539 prohibition notices served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve.

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.

Ensure your sites are hazards are identified and controlled onsite, if you need help you can visit HANDS HQ to see how easy it is to create site specific Risk Assessments & Method Statements online in minutes.


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