London construction sites put under safety spotlight

Personal injury claims on construction sites in the capital could be notably reduced as a result of a new scheme to improve workplace conditions by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The initiative, which kicked off on February 20th, will see inspectors visiting locations across London where refurbishment or repair works are being carried out in a bid to improve standards in the dangerous industry.

During the checks, high-risk activities such as working at height and ensuring sites are clean and tidy with clear access routes will be investigated by officials from the body.

The move comes after eight workers were killed and more than 440 were seriously injured while working on construction locations across London between 2010 and 2011.

Norman Macritchie, HSE's principal inspector in the organisation's southern region construction division, said: "Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable. As we have demonstrated in the past, we will take strong action if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk."ADNFCR-1500-ID-801303763-ADNFCR

27/02/2012 16:43