Labour Research April 2002

Features: Health and safety matters

Inspection blitz stops work on 20 construction sites

A two-day blitz on building sites in Dorset by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors led to work being stopped on 20 sites due to poor health, safety and welfare standards.

Twelve HSE inspectors arrived unannounced at 60 sites both large and small. At the 20 sites where work was stopped inspectors found a range of serious failings, including inadequate protection for people working at high levels, people working outside with 240-volt electrical equipment without proper protection, lack of personal washing facilities and pedestrians put at risk from scaffolding. Three Improvement Notices and 18 Prohibition Notices were served.

The HSE has also launched a major new advertising campaign to promote construction health and safety and reduce deaths, injuries and ill health. Targeted at reducing deaths, injuries and ill health among smaller construction firms and the self-employed, the campaign is led by national and regional press advertising, supported by messages on diesel nozzles at filling stations.