HSE Safer Sites Initiative sees 40% of sites fail to meet standards.

Results from the HSE Safer Sites Initiative, which ran from 22 September to 17 October this year, reveal that of the 1,748 sites visited, dangerous practices or poor standards were discovered at 40% of refurbishment and repair sites visited, with 1 in 5 sites so poor, formal enforcement action was required.

A total of 691 of the sites targeted failed to meet current standards with 360 needing formal enforcement action, as practices were so poor. In total, the HSE issued 313 prohibition notices and 235 improvement notices.

Dust suppression solutions - simple and effective.

Dust suppression solutions – simple and effective.

Dust is still a major problem

Dust is still a major problem

 

The HSE initiative was focussed on health risks, and 35% of the notices served were for issues such as management of asbestos, failure to control exposure to harmful dusts, noise and vibration, and insufficient welfare. However, the most common issue identified by HSE inspectors was unsafe working at height, which accounted for 42% of notices.

Following the results of the campaign, HSE is urging the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place on all sites. Detailed statistics from the initiative as well as images of both good and bad practice can be found on the HSE website.

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Brandon Hire provides free advice on a range of health and safety issues, including working at height, Hand Arm Vibration, welfare and dust. For more information email: targetrisk@brandonhire.co.uk or call 01179 719119

Don’t Bite the Dust

DON’T BITE THE DUST Helping to reduce the risks of working with dust has become a top priority for the industry – not least because there are more than 500 deaths every year due to silica exposure. Brandon Hire is playing a key role in educating construction workers about the dangers and the steps they can take to ensure a dust-free environment. A combination of regular workshops, information booklets and on-site support for customers is making an impact. National Technical Manager Dave Arscott said: “There’s no doubt that dust is a big issue and anything we can do to spread the word is important. The response we get is very positive – it’s amazing how many people simply don’t know about the dangers and the equipment that’s available to help them work safely.” Not surprisingly the company is backing the HSE’s ‘Think Heath’ campaign, which is focusing on the respiratory risks from dust, as well as manual handling, noise and vibration. HSE inspectors have been making unannounced visits to sites to identify areas where workers are being exposed to unnecessary risks. As part of this, Brandon Hire has produced a ‘brooms don’t work’ poster for branches. The posters highlight the fact that it’s dangerous to clean up with a broom and that dust extraction vacuums are the only safe option. Ian Strudley, Head of Health Risk Management Unit at the HSE, said: “It’s great to see companies like Brandon Hire supporting our efforts and doing what they can to educate their customers. The construction industry has made great strides in recent years but it needs to do more and put practical measures in place to keep people safe.”