The HSE has announced the results of its recent working at height inspection initiative. Almost a quarter of all construction sites visited by the HSE failed the checks.
The HSE assessed a total of 2,014 sites during the month and issued 691 enforcement notices at 470 of them. In addition, the inspectors ordered that work be immediately stopped in 359 cases, mainly due to poor safety precautions for employees working at height or a lack of "good order" at sites. Philip White, the HSE's chief inspector for construction said, "There are still a small number of employers or contractors who continue to put their own and other people's health and safety at risk. This is unacceptable. I want to make it clear to these operators that we will not hesitate to take action where standards of health and safety are endangering workers lives and livelihoods."