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Third of building sites fail to meet standards in HSE health blitz

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One in three construction sites targeted by HSE during a clamp down on badly-managed occupational health risks were hit with Fee for Intervention bills.


Inspectors also issued enforcement notices to 85 of the 560 sites targeted during the two-week proactive inspection blitz for issues ranging from poor control of respiratory risks to manual handling.

Provisional figures from the initiative show a total of 239 health-related notices of contravention, signalling that an FFI bill will be forthcoming, were served at 201 of the sites.

Work was considered so dangerous it was stopped by HSE inspectors on 13 occasions. A further 107 improvement notices were issued demanding remedial action be undertaken on activities by a specified date.

“We recognise the construction sector’s progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured by its activities. But it is clear from these figures there is an unacceptable toll of ill health and fatal disease in the industry,” said HSE’s outgoing chief inspector of construction, Heather Bryant.

“To encourage the industry to treat health issues in the same way as safety, HSE inspectors will consolidate the efforts of this initiative throughout the rest of the year by looking at the prevention and control of health risks in construction, alongside their continued assessment of the management of safety risk issues. We will make sure the construction industry ‘thinks health’ as well as safety.”

In 2012/13, for every construction worker that suffered a fatal injury, more than 12 died due to silica exposure alone.

 

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