One in four construction sites fails safety check

ONE in four construction sites in three English counties failed health and safety checks during a recent blitz by inspectors.

Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk were targeted in a month-long inspection drive as part of a Health and Safety Executive clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health and 17 of the 71 sites inspected failed to meet the minimum legal standards for health and safety.
Eighteen enforcement notices were issued including six prohibition notices which stopped some work activities immediately and 12 improvement notices that required improvements to be made to working practices.
Dominic Elliss, an HSE construction inspector for the areas, said: “It’s good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.
“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.”