8 Aug 2012

Scaffold work under the safety spotlight

Construction sites in the West Midlands, Worcestershire and Warwickshire will be put under the spotlight over the next three weeks as part of a safety drive to reduce the number of workplace deaths and injuries.

Between 2006 and 2011 there were three fatalities and 250 injuries involving fixed or mobile scaffolds in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will target poor performance on smaller construction and refurbishment sites where scaffolds are in place.

Principal Inspector Jo Anderson, who will be leading the campaign, said:

"Scaffolding still poses a significant risk to those involved in its construction and dismantling as well as those who use it. Too many workers needlessly die because work was not properly planned or the equipment was incorrectly installed or used.

"Over the next three weeks, inspectors will target sites where poor scaffolding is putting workers at risk and when necessary take enforcement action."

HSE inspectors will look at whether jobs that involve working at height have been properly planned to ensure that adequate safety measures are in place and that equipment is correctly installed, inspected, maintained and used.

Further information about safe working in construction, including the use of scaffolds, can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction

HSE Bulletin No: HSE/M/103/12 (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence)


It's good to hear that the HSE are getting proactive and seeking out dangerous scaffolding before an accident occurs. If you scroll through the blogs below you will find a vast range of examples of bad practice and dangerous working conditions involving scaffolding and construction sites in general. I know that if I was located in one of these three targeted areas, I'd be double checking everything was in good working order on my site to ensure it wasn't served a notice by the HSE. Having work stopped on site can be costly and damaging to the business, it is important that all scaffold comapnies keep their inspection regime up to date and Good to Go Safety can provide the perfect solution to your daily tagging and inspection procedures. For more information visit our website by clicking this link or call us on 01592 655646. Order before 3pm and you will receive your Good to Go Safety scaffold inspection systems the next working day. Don't delay, don't risk the lives of your workforce and don't run the risk of fines or site closure when the HSE come knocking on your door.

1 comment:

  1. It is great that they are getting proactive. This should help prevent possible accidents and hazards.


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