One in five construction sites fail safety checks

One in five construction sites fail safety checks according to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE inspectors undertook a national initiative to improve construction site safety last year. Inspectors targeted sites where refurbishment or repair work was being carried out with the aim of reducing the risk of death, injury and ill health. Their focus was on high-risk activity including working at height and ensuring sites were in ‘good order’, being clean and tidy with clear access routes. During the initiative, HSE inspectors looked at whether:

  1. Precautions were in place to prevent falls from height
  2. Sites were organised to avoid trips and falls
  3. Work areas were clear of unnecessary materials and waste
  4. Walkways and stairs were free from obstructions

Nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks during the initiative. Whilst this was a slight improvement on previous years, Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

“It is encouraging that inspectors found a slight improvement in standards and small construction firms are taking safety seriously when carrying out refurbishment work.”
“But this is just a snapshot, and the number of notices served for unsafe work at height is still unacceptable, particularly when the safety measures are well-known and straightforward to implement.”

Source HSE website- http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/hse-constructionresults.htm