19 May 2010

Construction sites fail safety inspections

Results from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) construction site inspections in March 2010 have highlighted continuing issues relating to working at heights in the construction industry with over a third of sites failing impromptu safety inspections across three counties.

The HSE wants to raise awareness of construction site risks to prevent deaths and injuries in the future. Construction is one of Britain's most dangerous industries, with one death and 777 serious injuries in the East Midlands during 2008/9.

Last year inspectors visited 1759 sites and 2145 contractors and were forced to issue more than 270 prohibition notices to stop dangerous work - much of it relating to working from height.

The details below highlight the findings of the March inspections throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Derbyshire Findings
Almost one third of construction sites visited in Derbyshire during March failed safety inspections.

Inspectors from the HSE carried out checks at 62 construction sites across Derby and Derbyshire during two days of intensive inspections. They issued a total of 18 enforcement notices, 14 in Derby and four in Derbyshire, either stopping work immediately or requiring improvements to be made. The majority of the notices covered unsafe work being carried out at height. One site in Derby is still under investigation with a view to being prosecuted.

Latest figures from HSE show there were 162 serious injuries on construction sites in Derbyshire last year. The intensive inspections took place as part of a month-long initiative aimed at stopping dangerous practices on building sites across Great Britain.


Nottinghamshire Findings
Almost a third of construction sites visited in Nottinghamshire during March failed safety inspections.

 
Inspectors from the HSE carried out checks at 66 sites construction sites across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire during two days of intensive inspections.
They issued a total of 21 enforcement notices, 10 in Nottingham and 11 in Nottinghamshire, either stopping work immediately or requiring improvements to be made. The majority of the notices covered unsafe work being carried out at height.

 
Latest figures from HSE show there were 227 serious injuries on construction sites in Nottinghamshire last year. The intensive inspections took place as part of a month-long initiative aimed at stopping dangerous practices on building sites across Great Britain.

Lincolnshire Findings
Two thirds of construction sites visited in Lincolnshire during March failed safety inspections.   


Inspectors from the HSE carried out checks at nine construction sites in the county during two days of intensive inspections. They issued a total of five enforcement notices, either stopping work immediately or requiring improvements to be made. The majority of the notices covered unsafe work being carried out at height. One site in Lincolnshire is still under investigation with a view to being prosecuted.
 
Latest figures from HSE show there were 113 serious injuries on construction sites in Lincolnshire last year. The intensive inspections took place as part of a month-long initiative aimed at stopping dangerous practices on building sites across Great Britain.


HSE Inspectors of Construction have said: "The majority of the construction sites our inspectors visited had good health and safety procedures in place. But the other sites are letting the rest of the industry down and putting workers' lives at risk.

"HSE will not tolerate poor health and safety standards on construction sites and we will continue to make unannounced visits and take enforcement action when necessary, until the message gets across. It simply isn't worth taking risks to try and save money.

"Companies have a legal responsibility to protect the lives of workers and site safety should be paramount."





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1 comment:

  1. Construction site safety plan must be followed by all the employees employing in a construction site. This will assure safety of their life. Also it allows the work conditions to be safe with less casualty rates.

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