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Safer sites targeted inspection initiative September 2014

Health as well as safety’ is the message during this years Construction Initiative as poor standards and unsafe practices on Britain's building sites are targeted during a nationwide drive aimed at reducing ill health, death and injury in the industry.

From 22 September until 17 October, HSE Construction Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

This is the ninth annual Initiative and building on previous campaigns, HSE Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed.

What the initiative does

The main aims of the initiative are:

What inspectors look for

During inspections, HSE inspectors will consider whether:

HSE uses the inspection initiatives to reinforce its message to the construction industry that poor standards are unacceptable and liable to result in HSE taking enforcement action.

Previous campaign results:

The Results

During the month long campaign unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair and refurbishment sites visited by HSE inspectors, with 1 in 5 sites so poor, formal enforcement action was required.

For further information visit: Forty per cent of construction sites fail health and safety spot-checks

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