During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place and they found that nearly half of the building sites were of poor standards and carried out dangerous practices.
HSE inspectors made unannounced visits to construction sites and found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. According to the HSE’s website ‘on 644 sites, practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers – with 539 prohibition notices served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve’.
The HSE says the most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.
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