Via Construction Enquirer
We mentioned earlier this month that the Health & Safety executive would be taking a tour of building sites across the UK to catch out any that had "less than adequate" facilities. No more than a few weeks later, their inspections have produced some rather shocking results.
So far their tour, which runs from the 2nd September until the 27th, has revealed that nearly half the sites they have visited have some sort of safety failings. Out of a total of 1000 sites, that's a very high number. Many of them had also been issued with enforcement notices.
UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians) General Secretary Steve Murphy said: "These figures demonstrate the dangers faced by construction workers on a daily basis.
"While these initiatives by the HSE are very welcome, inspectors are only visiting a small percentage of all the construction sites in the country.
"These findings demonstrate why the HSE needs more resources to conduct this type of inspection in all parts of the country throughout the year."
Below you can see some pictures of some of the sites they visited:
A prohibition noticed was served on this extension work after exposed scaffolding was found, putting workers at risk from falling through on to the building works.
An improvement notice was served here as site management fell below safe standards.
Unsafe excavation work here led to a Prohibition notice.
Is this the kind of hygiene facilities you should be finding on a construction site?
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