21 September 2007
HSE highlights unsafe practices
Health and safety (HSE) inspectors have revealed that workers' lives were being put at risk in almost a third of over 1,500 construction sites examined across the country.
In the north-west alone, 38 prohibition notices were served to stop work immediately until corrective action was taken and there were 426 enforcement actions carried out nationwide.
HSE's head of construction Stephen Williams commented: "Our inspectors were appalled at the apparent willingness to ignore basic safety precautions.
"It is completely unacceptable that so many lives have been put at risk."
Despite knowing what they should be doing, some firms are still prepared to allow bad practices to persist, even though 39 people died on construction sites last year, he added.
Work at height remains the biggest HSE concern, with over half the enforcement actions taken during inspections targeting such operations.
Two construction companies were fined recently after a worker was paralysed while on site.