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40% of Construction Sites Failing to Meet Health and Safety Standards

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The construction industry remains one of the most accident prone areas to work in in the UK with a new HSE report finding that 40% of construction sites are failing to meet the proper health and safety requirements.

One in five construction sites inspected fell short of the required standards and required enforcement orders to be distributed by inspectors. The report found that many of the most likely dangers in the office were due to poor planning and management of the construction site, and could be preventable.

Failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height was the most common issue found by Inspectors with 42% failing to properly protect staff who work at a height.

Summary Results

The report from the HSE found that out of the 1748 sites inspected, 40% received notices for either poor standards or dangerous practices with 313 prohibition notices and 235 improvement notices issued.

The most common issues identified related to working at heights. 42& of workers didn't have the correct safety measures in place for workers if they fell whilst failure to control dust and asbestos made up for 22% of all health and safety concerns.

Failing Workers 

35% of notices were served for health issues. HSE’s Chief of Construction Philip White said: “These results show that whilst the majority of employers in the refurbishment sector are getting it right, a significant part of the industry is seriously failing its workers.

“The inability to properly plan working at height continues to be a major issue, despite well-known safety measures being straightforward to implement."

He added: "It is just not acceptable that Inspectors had to order work to stop immediately on over 200 occasions because of dangerous practices."

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