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Dangerous Practices on Construction Sites | Tracey Graham Comments

BBC news in Wales has reported that almost a third of construction sites in the region are carrying out dangerous practices.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has carried out spot checks on 127 sites which were visited in September this year, and found that 40 did not meet even basic standards.

The latest figures show there has been no improvement since the last inspections in April.

The HSE, which also records fatal accidents, says there were four fatalities in Wales this year compared with one last year, whilst overall the number of such deaths has been reducing in England, Scotland and Wales in recent years. Figures show that 39 workers were killed between April 2012 and March 2013, down from 48 the year before, according to a HSE report.

The fear going forward is that, with the construction industry emerging from recession and workloads increasing, there is the possibility that deaths and injuries may increase unless urgent action is taken now to improve construction safety.

In the event that you are reading this as an injured worker, we, at Slater and Gordon, have experience of dealing with construction site accidents that involve personal injury and financial losses. We also work closely with the HSE to report unsafe practices and bring about investigations where workers welfare and health are being placed at risk. We have dealt with loss of job issues and loss of life, so please contact us if you require advice or information.