By Tristan Harris Wednesday 20 February 2013 Updated: 26/02 10:49
INSPECTORS are targeting Worcestershire building sites in a bid to clamp down on unsafe practices and bring about a reduction in ill health, injuries and deaths in those workplaces.
The drive, which began on Monday (February 18) and runs for four weeks, will see teams from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carry out unannounced checks on areas where revamps or repairs are taking place.
As well as checking general good work practice, welfare facilities will also be evaluated and inspectors will ensure suitable safety equipment, such as headgear, is being used and relevant risk assessments are being carried out.
The latest figures available show that, across Worcestershire, from 2011 to 2012, one person was killed and another 22 were seriously injured working on building sites.
Jo Anderson, HSE’s principal inspector for the West Midlands construction division, said: “Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark.
“Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are unacceptable.
“In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference, and can even save lives.”
And she warned that those flouting regulations and causing workers to be put at unnecessary risk would face strong action.
“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”
For more on the scheme, visit www.hse.gov.uk/construction.
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