09/14/2007

British HSE warns construction workers ‘don't take the risk'

"Nearly 1 in 3 construction refurbishment sites inspected put the lives of
workers at risk",  the British Health & Safety Executive (HSE) warns.

This startling figure comes after The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried
out over 1500 inspections as part of its rolling inspection programme,
resulting in enforcement action on 426 occasions in just two months.

Stephen Williams, HSE Head of Construction, said,

"We stopped work on site immediately during 244 inspections because we felt
there was a real possibility that life would be lost or ruined through serious
injury. It is completely unacceptable that so many lives have been put at risk.
Our inspectors were appalled at the apparent willingness to ignore basic safety
precautions

"The simple fact is that despite knowing what they should be doing, too many
people are prepared to allow bad practices to continue, even though last year
39 people died on refurbishment, repair and maintenance sites

"We are determined to tackle this issue head on and will continue to take
enforcement action against those rogues who flout safety precautions. Let me be
clear to all those who put lives at risk ­ we will continue to carry out
 further inspections and will take all action necessary to protect workers,
including closing sites and prosecution".

Work at height remains the biggest concern. Over half of the enforcement action
taken during this inspection initiative was against dangerous work at height,
which last year led to the death of 23 workers.

Stephen Williams continued,

"My advice to those who work in the refurbishment sector is to plan work, use
competent workers and if working at height use the right equipment and use it
safely".

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive