HSE begin unannounced site checks
From the 2nd September unannounced checks will be carried out by HSE Inspectors on sites where projects of repair and refurbishment are underway.
This is part of a Nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill-health in the construction industry.
High-risk activities, such as working at height and work where harmful dust exposure could result, are being targeted in the month-long initiative. The idea is to ensure that these projects are being properly managed.
Basic welfare facilities, such as toilets and hand washing, will be monitored to ensure they are provided and are to the required standard.
An estimated 70,000 builders are currently suffering ill health as a result of their work and, worryingly, construction workers are nearly four times more likely to be killed at work compared to the average worker.
A HSE statement said "Companies who deliberately cut corners can expect to feel the full weight of the law"
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