A monthly long inspection by the HSE has found that 40% of construction sites are failing to properly protect their workers. Nearly half of the sites visited had conditions that were unacceptable and operated dangerous practices.
1 in 5 sites were issued with formal enforcement notices with 35% of notices served for reasons such as management of asbestos, harmful dusts, inadequate welfare provision and noise/vibration.
HSE chief on Construction Philip White said:
“We also find health is often overlooked as its implications are not immediately visible, however the effects of uncontrolled exposure to deadly dusts such as asbestos and silica can be irreversible”
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