A new series of inspections this week is aiming to clamp down on the number of accidents at work which occur on the nation’s construction sites and often result in personal injury compensation claims.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is visiting small-scale projects and refurbishment sites, which are responsible for more than half of the deaths in the construction sector, in a bid to reduce death and injury.
Inspectors will aim to ensure sites are managing work at height safely and are in good order, in addition to checking that the risk of exposure to asbestos is being properly managed.
HSE principal inspector Joanna Teasdale said many businesses, such as those in the tourism sector, will be starting work on building and renovation works as the season comes to a close in the coming weeks.
“Construction and renovation is one of the most dangerous industries but serious or fatal accidents can be avoided by taking simple precautions. We will take action if we find poor practice is putting workers’ lives at risk,” she added.
Posted by Trevor Baker
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