HSE plan to reduce construction accidents

HSE launches initiative to reduce construction accidents 2728

Safety on construction sites across one area of the north of England could be improved in the near future thanks to a new initiative.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that it is to conduct a number of checks on the health and safety standards on construction sites in Yorkshire in order to reduce the number of work accident injuries occurring on building sites.

Inspectors from the body will kick off the initiative by visiting sites in the Bradford area before then moving on to scrutinise those in North, West and East Yorkshire later in September.

This scheme will primarily focus on improving the safety of people operating on the external parts of buildings, but will also include looking at measures to curtail the growing issue of falls from height in the construction industry.

HSE figures show that 49 professionals in this sector lost their lives due to accidents on building sites throughout 2011-12, with falls from height representing a major driving force behind this figure.

In recent times, the body has taken legal action against a number of firms on the basis that their substandard policies had caused injuries in their workplace.

For instance, a broken ankle and smashed heel sustained by a worker in a fall from height from a house building project in North Yorkshire resulted in a manufacturer and contractor being fined

With this in mind, the organisation is hoping that its latest initiative will make it clear to companies in this sector that poor safety standards are unacceptable and must be improved as soon as possible.

David Stewart, principal inspector for construction in Yorkshire, commented: "All too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put needlessly at risk. In many cases, simple changes to working practices can make all the difference."

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