The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) mission is to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces. In a recent initiative in the South West almost a third of construction sites visited in the region failed health and safety checks.
The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in what is one of Britain's most dangerous industries.
Inspectors from the HSE spent a month checking sites in Somerset, the former Avon area, including Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
A total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued to deal with these.
Of more concern was the fact that 27 prohibition notices were served where activities on some of the sites were deemed too dangerous. Inspectors immediately halted further work on those until standards were improved.
In 2011/12, 3 workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.
By Personal Injury Solicitor Tracey Graham.