Outcome Of HSE Blitz On Refurbishment Projects

Outcome Of HSE Blitz On Refurbishment Projects

Refurbishment contractors are being asked to clean up their act after an HSE safety blitz found that nearly half of all sites inspected were not up to scratch.

Small refurbishment sites were targeted during a month long drive which saw 692 enforcement notices and 983 notifications of contravention served.

Peter Baker, Health and Safety Executive’s Chief Inspector of Construction said:

“It is disappointing that some small refurbishment sites are still cutting corners and not properly protecting their workers. Falls from height are the most common killer in the industry but we still found workers put at risk to save minutes on the job ”“ believing it wouldn’t happen to them. The mis-conception that health issues cannot be controlled is simply not true and ruining people’s lives. Harmful dust, whether silica or wood, is a serious issue and can be managed effectively with the right design, equipment and training. HSE inspectors found lots of good examples of small sites carrying out work safely, proving it can be done. My message to smaller businesses is don’t wait for an accident or visit from an inspector before you make the change.”

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