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HSE Targets Construction Sites in UK Campaign

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Construction sites across the UK are to be targeted by the UK HSE as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.
Builders in the UK can expect to see HSE inspectors on site until 15 March.

They will make unannounced visits to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.
They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as head protection, is being used appropriately.
During 2011/12, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries on construction sites in the UK.
The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and will result in enforcement action.
During inspections, HSE inspectors will consider whether:

1. Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place;

2. Equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly;

3. Sites are well organized, to avoid trips and falls;

4. Walkways and stairs are free from obstructions;

5. Work areas are clear of unnecessary materials and waste; and

6. Suitable Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), including head protection, is provided and worn at all times.

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