HSE launches month-long national safety clampdown


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have today released details of a month-long safety clampdown on construction sites across the United Kingdom.

The purge on construction sites is aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. The HSE will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

Health and Safety inspectors will make unannounced visits to sites between 18 February and 15 March. The visits are to ensure firms are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.

Also on the lists of checks the HSE will be making is general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable PPE such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

“Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark. Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities is unacceptable.

“In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference, and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”