Monday, March 2, 2009

1500 site visits in refurb safety blitz

Safety inspectors will visit 1500 refurbishment sites this month in a bid to stop the carnage in the sector which claimed more than half the lives lost in construction last year.

Health and Safety Executive inspectors will be focussing on working at height and asbestos during the blitz.

Contractors will face tough enforcement action with one in three firms prosecuted during similar inspection initiatives,

HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction Stephen Williams said: "While workers in the refurbishment sector continue to be injured and killed, as we stated before our last inspection initiative, HSE will continue to target the contractors and principal contractors on those sites who flout health and safety law and come down hard on them where necessary".

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