Building firms in Greater Manchester are at risk of being the subject of compensation claims for accidents at work, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has suggested.
Some 180 formal warnings were issued last year to such companies in regards to safety rules surrounding working at height.
HSE inspectors served 148 enforcement notices which immediately stopped unsafe work being carried out at height in the county in 2009.
Another 29 were issued which required safety improvements to be made.
Neil Jamieson, a principal inspector for HSE in the north-west, said: "We’re worried that some roofing and building companies in Greater Manchester are trying to cut down on costs and undercut each other by not using scaffolding and other safety equipment."
He warned that it would cost them a lot more money in the long run if their employees were involved in an accident at work.
Just last month, Anglian Water Services and its sub-contractor IETG Ltd were fined a total of GBP 17,500 after an employee was involved in an accident at work that saw him fall through the roof of a pumping station.
Posted by Wayne Weir