Building sites targeted inspection initiative September 2014
On the 22nd September until the 17th October 2014 the Health and Safety Executive construction inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.
This is part of an initiative to target poor standards and unsafe practices on Briton’s building sites.
The main aims of the initiative are;
To achieve an improvement in industry standards in particular at small sites To increase awareness of Health and Safety Executives expectations of the industry To demonstrate that the Health and Safety Executive will use the enforcement tools at its disposal to prevent immediate risk and bring about sustained improvement.
The Health and Safety Executive uses the inspection initiatives to re-enforce its message to the construction industry that poor standards are unacceptable and liable to result in Health and Safety Executives taking enforcement action.
If you are injured on an unsafe construction site then you would be entitled to claim compensation for the injury you have suffered.
Clarkson Hirst Solicitors Limited are corporate members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which is an organisation of solicitors dedicated to recovering fair levels of compensation for their clients injured as a result of accidents.
The risks the Health and Safety Executive have highlighted on construction sites are as follows;
The risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica Workers are aware of where they may find asbestos and what to do if they find it Other health and safety risks such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling, and that hazardous substances are being properly managed. Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to show that appropriate precautions such as a proper support of structures are in place. Equipment is correctly installed/assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly Sites are well organised to avoid trips and falls, walkway and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate.
Dated 13th October 2014