People responsible for construction sites around the UK have been warned to avoid work injuries and resulting injury compensation claims in a hard-hitting new campaign from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The intensive inspection initiative, which begins this month, focuses on refurbishment and roofing work and will see HSE inspectors making surprise visits to ensure work at height is being managed safely.
"While some sectors of the industry have made real improvements in recent years, we are really concerned about standards in the refurbishment sector, particularly on small projects," said Andrew Kingscott, HSE SW principal construction inspector for the south-west.
Construction employees are some of the most prone to work injuries in the UK, with eight fatalities and 918 serious accidents in the south-west alone between 2008 and 2009.
The developer of The Cube, Birmingham’s landmark development, was recently recognised by the HSE for its commitment to on-site safety as part of the conclusion of the Shattered Lives campaign.