One in five construction sites fail safety checks blog post entry

One in five construction sites fail safety checks according to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE inspectors undertook a national initiative to improve construction site safety last year. Inspectors targeted sites where refurbishment or repair work was being carried out with the aim of reducing the risk of death, injury and ill health. Their focus was on high-risk activity including working at height and ensuring sites were in ‘good order’, being clean and tidy with clear access routes. During the initiative, HSE inspectors looked at whether:

  1. Precautions were in place to prevent falls from height
  2. Sites were organised to avoid trips and falls
  3. Work areas were clear of unnecessary materials and waste
  4. Walkways and stairs were free from obstructions