Building sites 'risk injury compensation claims'

The construction sector is still putting an unacceptable number of employees at risk of work injuries, recent inspections in south London have revealed.

Building sites in the south of the capital were scrutinised by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors in March and the body found that as many as a quarter had inadequate safety procedures.

A residential block in Stockwell had prohibition notices served upon it after inspectors noticed numerous instances of dangerous working practices at height.

"HSE does not tolerate poor safety standards on construction sites, and where lives are being put at risk we will take the necessary action to protect workers," said HSE principal inspector for construction Andrew Beal.

Firms which do not guarantee the safety of their employees have been reminded that they risk injury compensation claims and prosecution.

A recent case in Hull resulted in a construction firm being fined £1,000 for allowing migrant workers to sleep on site where there was a substantial fire risk.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19136364-ADNFCR

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