17 Building Sites Instructed to Close Due to Inadequate Health and Safety

10 April 2013

Building sites in the East of England have been visited by inspectors recently due to increased calls to try to limit health problems, accidents and fatal accidents in the work place. Of the building sites visited, 25% did not meet safety requirements.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors conducted unexpected visits on seventy one refurbishment or repair sites, seventeen of which were deemed to fail on basic health and safety measures.

As per health and safety protocol, just over a third of the sites were instructed to cease work at once and the rest were given improvement notices, meaning that changes would have to be made to allow work to carry on in the future.

There are many health and safety concerns on building sites. High-risk jobs such as working at height were thoroughly examined by the inspectors, as well as work that involves the correct use of health and safety apparatus and clothing. Common problems detected by the HSE professionals included unacceptable and unsafe scaffolding construction, hazardous dust contact and insufficient cleaning facilities.

In the areas of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk alone, nineteen people in the construction industry were fatally injured while at work in the last two years, and there were over two thousand accidents resulting in serious harm.

Bronwen Roberts is a Trainee Solicitor at Advance Legal.  Please contact Bronwen or another member of the Personal Injury team on 01332 614 511 and they will be happy to discuss your compensation claim with you.