Published: 18/02/2013 15:04

Month-long drive to target unsafe construction sites


UNSAFE practices on construction sites across Staffordshire are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

To support a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit sites across the county where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

They will make unannounced visits to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.

They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable PPE, such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, two workers were killed while working in construction in Staffordshire and a further 44 were seriously injured. Nationally there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

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

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