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Safer sites initiative 2013 - image gallery 2

The initiative is about to enter its final week, check out our second image gallery of good and bad practice.

Dust control

Lack of dust suppression and control at this site. Dry cutting of block-work with no water suppression kit or masks.

A man stands in a trench working on dry cutting of block work without wearing PPE

Dry cutting of block work - with no water suppression kit or masks.

A man works on dry cutting of block work without using suppression

Suppression - not in use during this work outside.

Fire safety

The emergency exit in this tower block below is useless, loft insulating material blocks the route down to safety.

A fire escape blocked with insulation material Falls

Inspectors came across the example below of inadequate edge protection, just one failing that led to an Improvement Notice for poor on site management. While the next image shows inadequate makeshift edge protection in use.

Red barriers surround a stairwell

Failings that led to an Improvement Notice for poor on site management

Poor makeshift edge protection surrounds a hole on a work site.

Makeshift - an example of makeshift edge protection used on a site.

Would you use this ladder?

The end of an aluminium ladder showing a large crack across one of the legs. Working at height

Good practice

A firestation undegoing roof repairs

Fire station - A project to replace and insulate a fire station roof.

A firestaion with a temporary roof cover and handrails in place

Scaffold tin roof placed over the roof and handrail around the top.

Before and after

Scaffolding in use with large gaps creating a risk to workers

Inspectors intervened and served Improvement notice.

Gaps in scaffolding are closed over and extended

Scaffold extended to provide a safer working environment

Bad practice

A section of scaffolding balances precariously on a plank  of wood.

Inspectors found workers safety hanging in the balance on this site

Unsafe scaffolding used in exterior building repair

Another precarious set-up discovered by our inspectors here


Simple, hygienic and effective – good practice for a temporary site.

Basic but effective sanitation facilities in place for site workers consisting of hand washing basin and toilet.


Electrical safety given no consideration at this refurbishment site.

Unsafe electricalpower source used in outbuilding
Updated 2017-09-06