HSE announces major safety purge in UK25 September 2013
The UK's Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a major site safety clampdown with over 2,000 unannounced inspections where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.
HSE will be visiting sites throughout this month, the independent regulator announced recently.
Local HSE inspectors will be checking to ensure high-risk activities, such as working at height, are being properly managed. They will also that check that basic welfare facilities, such as toilets and handwashing facilities, have been provided if they are needed.
The purpose of the campaign is to drive home the message to those working in the industry that poor risk management and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are not only unacceptable, but can cost lives, HSE stated.
Heather Bryant, HSE chief inspector of construction, said: "Too many people die or are seriously injured every year on Britain's construction sites as a result of entirely avoidable incidents.
"This initiative provides a chance to engage with these firms to help them understand what they need to do, so they can put in place the practical measures needed to keep people safe.
"However, let me be clear - if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily and irresponsibly put at risk we will not hesitate to take robust action. Companies who deliberately cut corners can expect to feel the full weight of the law."