Results of Construction Division intensive inspection initiative - March 2010
What did we do in March 2010?
- 2014 sites and 2414 contractors were inspected
- 348 Prohibition Notices (PN) on work at height issued
- 22 Improvement Notices (IN) on work at height issued
- 11 Prohibition Notices on good order were issued
- 18 Improvement Notices on good order issued
- 292 Notices issued on other serious areas of concern
- In 21 cases, inspectors believed the situation on site to be so poor that prosecution is being considered
What did we find?
- During this initiative we found that nearly 1 in 4 sites and 1 in 5 contractors inspected were found to be working below the acceptable standard.
HSE inspections again identified significant amounts of poor practice across Great Britain. This time one in four sites, and one in five contractors, were considered to be working so far below the acceptable standard that HSE inspectors felt it necessary to use their powers to serve enforcement notices to immediately stop the work or activity on site (PN), or to require improvements to be made within a specified timescale (IN).
- During this initiative we found that approximately 1 in 6 sites were failing to address work at height risks on site.
Working at height remains the biggest single cause of serious and fatal injuries on construction sites, yet despite this, on average, approximately one in six of the sites inspected demonstrated significant failings in this area requiring service of an immediate PN.