HSE’s Welsh construction site spot-checks
In a month-long initiative to try and reduce the number of work accidents, and related personal injuries and deaths, the HSE visited 224 sites, unannounced, to check that high-risk activities were being undertaken in a safe manner, and that the general welfare of workers was good .
Of these 224, 69 failed to meet minimum legal health and safety standards. In consequence, 70 enforcement notices – 44 Prohibition Notices and 26 Improvement Notices – were issued
The HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Wales, Paul Harvey, stated, “It’s good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.”
He reports that at some of the sites which neglected to follow health and safety legislation, inspectors found poorly erected scaffolding, unsecured ladders, inadequate washing facilities, and staff members at risk of exposure to dangerous types of dust.
Paul Harvey adds, “I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”