HSE Reports: One in three construction sites in Wales fail safety inspections

by Alex on April 20, 2013

HSE have reported that one in three construction sites visited in Wales over a month long period failed health and safety checks.

Nearly one-in-three of the construction sites visited in Wales during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited sites throughout Wales as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

A total of 69 of the 224 sites they inspected were found not to meet the minimum legal standards for health and safety, and 70 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

They included 44 Prohibition Notices which stopped some work activities immediately and 26 Improvement Notices which required improvements to be made to working practices.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industry

During 2011/12, two workers were killed while working in construction in Wales, and a further 164 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Paul Harvey, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Wales said:

“It’s good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, unsecured ladders, exposure to dangerous types of dust and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Full report here

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