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News - 2 September 2013

National clampdown targets poor construction site safety

Poor standards and unsafe work on Britain's building sites will be targeted as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health in the industry.

During September, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors will visit construction sites to ensure high-risk activities, such as working at height, and work which could result in exposure to harmful dusts, are being properly managed. They will also check that basic welfare facilities, such as toilets and hand washing facilities, have been provided if they are needed.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“Despite a welcome reduction in the number of people killed in 2012/13, construction workers remain nearly four times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker. An estimated 70,000 builders are currently suffering ill health as a result of their work.”

Heather Bryant, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said:
"Too many people die or are seriously injured every year on Britain's construction sites as a result of entirely avoidable incidents. This initiative provides a chance to engage with these firms to help them understand what they need to do, so they can put in place the practical measures needed to keep people safe.”

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement

During inspections, HSE inspectors will consider whether:

  • jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place
  • equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly
  • proper monitoring and control arrangements to prevent unnecessary exposure to harmful dusts are in place, sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions
  • Work areas are clear of unnecessary materials and waste and welfare facilities are adequate.

If you need any help and advice for your business on the implications of central and local Government Funding initiatives and the construction industry, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
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