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Safer sites initiative 2013 - image gallery

Photographs taken by Inspectors undertaking unannounced 'spot checks' on repair and refurbishment works during the first few weeks of the Construction Initiative 2013/14.


ladder leaning diagonally from scaffolding to an adjacent roof

Inspectors intervened immediately when they saw this appalling scaffold set-up.

Access to the roof inherently dangerous with missing guard-rails, toe boards and scaffold boards, nothing tied in anywhere.

Basic improvements

Before and after - Fragile roof lights which were then removed and boarded over.

Some basic but very effective improvements were made after Inspectors visited this site…potentially fragile roof lights were removed and boarded over to allow the roof work to proceed safely

Fire safety

As this was a large building, one fire claxon and extinguisher was not sufficient. So a temporary replacement was installed with fire points on each floor.

Installation of a temporary fire alarm system


Exposed lift-shaft

An exposed lift shaft presents an extreme high risk

Inspectors took immediate enforcement action on finding this exposed lift shaft on one site. Prohibition notice served, falls risk extremely high.

A prohibition noticed served on this extension work shown below, was inspected during a unannounced spot-check – exposed scaffolding was found, putting workers at risk from falling through on to the building works.

Scaffolding with no barriers

Site order

Power supply with many trailing wires and extension blocks

Power supply - Improvement notice served here as site management fell below safe standards

Scaffolding in a trench

Unsafe excavation work, Prohibition Notice served for poor order across the whole site

Wires trailing on stairs

Trailing cables - Wires left trailing down the stairs present an obvious trip hazard

Large excavation with no barriers

No segregation - refurbishment work right next to pavement, without segregation

Working at height

Working on a roof cutting tiles without edge protection.

Edge protection - dry cutting of tiles without edge protection

Machine being used on a flat roof with no barriers

Unsecured machinery used at height with no edge protection in place

Good practice

Scaffolding up side of a house and across roof to access to a chimmney stack Wood cutting with vaccuum cleaner pipe attached near cutting surface

Wood dust - example of good practice

Scaffolding - Good practice is demonstrated above by a sole trader in that scaffolding is used to gain access to the chimney stack for repointing work.

Control of dust – Wood-working machines with automatic start extraction and dust collection bag on planer.


On site welfare is important to protect workers health – here are some examples where facilities were found to be below standard.

Very dirty toilet with no door

Basic facilities - were somewhat wanting on this site

tap attached to pipe with no sink

Washing - access to water was severly limited on this site

Dirty toiet and sink

Facilities were particularly poor at the site above – an Information Notice was served for lack of hot water, no lighting or means of drying hands and lack of general cleanliness

Updated 2020-10-19