Safety not up to required standard in almost half of building sites.
Posted by Tracy Seward
Recent safety spot checks carried out by the HSE have found that almost half of construction sites are falling short of the required standard. The checks took place at 22 sites in and around Stamford Hill in North East London.
9 sites saw enforcement action taken, with six being served with prohibition notices. A further six improvement notices were served, five of which related to working at height with one site being completely shut down.
Various issues were found to be common on the sites such as:
•Lack of basic precautions, including edge protection to prevent falls from height
•Lack of work planning
•Site managers poorly trained
•Welfare facilities for workers found to be inadequate
The Principle Inspector for the HSE’s construction division, Mike Williams released a statement saying:
“Construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous industries and fatal incidents across London have shown how devastating they can be.
“We are very concerned at the number of small sites that are failing to take the most basic precautions to protect workers and members of the public. Good health and safety on construction sites is a legal requirement and we will continue to clamp down on dangerous practices or poor standards until the message gets through.
“Contractors must properly plan their work and protect their workers from risks such as falls from height or structures collapsing.”