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One in three construction sites in Wales fail safety inspections

Published in News at 13:00, Thursday April 11th, 2013.

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Nearly one-in-three Welsh construction sites visited by the Health and Safety Executive failed checks.

Inspectors visited sites as part of a national clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

A total of 69 of the 224 sites they inspected were found not to meet the minimum legal standards for health and safety, and 70 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

They included 44 Prohibition Notices which stopped some work activities immediately and 26 Improvement Notices which required improvements to be made to working practices.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They are also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, two workers were killed while working in construction in Wales, and a further 164 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Paul Harvey, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Wales said: “It’s good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, unsecured ladders, exposure to dangerous types of dust and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

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  • John Owen

    In this time of recession, are there really three construction sites in Wales?,

  • clive

    I am glad that what right-wing Tories like to call 'elf and 'efty inspectors really have a job, which isn't all about keeping the Left happy and correct.