Safety campaign targets building sites

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HSE Principal Inspector for ConstructionNeil Jamieson © rochdaleonline.co.uk

Neil Jamieson © rochdaleonline.co.uk

Unsafe building sites across Merseyside are being targeted as part of a national safety campaign.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are visiting sites across Merseyside where they will be looking out for practices which could lead to death, injury and ill health.

They will make unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.

They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

During 2010/11, two workers were killed while working in the construction industry in Merseyside and Cheshire, and there were 95 serious injuries.

Neil Jamieson, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction, 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. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

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