The Health & Safety Executive are continuing with an initiative to send their Inspectors to visit building sites across the UK. The purpose of the initiative is to crack down on dangerous practices that go on within the construction industry.
Each year, there are injuries and deaths which are completely avoidable. During 2008/09 53 workers lost their life on constructions sites and 11,264 were injured in the UK alone. The initiative will focus on refurbishment works or roofing work. Employers will have to be on guard as the Health & Safety Inspectors' visits will be unsolicited.
The Inspectors will be ensuring that any jobs involving work at height have been risk assessed, planned sufficiently and also that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the work complies with both the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Construction (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1996. Further, in order to ensure that the employers are complying with their duties under the regulations the Inspectors are ensuring that the sites so constructed as to reduce the risk of trips, slips and other hazards which cause workers to fall. Also, stairs, walkways will require to be kept free from obstruction and any waste should be dispensed with sufficiently. There will also be a focus on the type of equipment being used on the site to ensure that it is both correctly installed and assessed and Inspectors will be checking to ensure that each piece of equipment is inspected regularly and maintained in accordance with the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The purpose of these random inspections is to ensure that construction workers are not needlessly injured or killed while doing their job. It is of concern to the Health & Safety Executive that in these times, with a downturn in the construction industry, that costs will be cut especially where health and safety is concerned. The initiative has been running for three years and has been moderately successful. If the HSE find an employer is not putting into practice, good measures, the HSE have powers to take action which include closing sites down and prosecuting those responsible.
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