HSE plans unannounced site visits across Sefton

As part of a rolling inspection programme targeting poor performing sectors in the construction industry, the Health and Safety Executive is to carry out an intensive inspection initiative in Sefton, Merseyside.

On 9 June HSE inspectors will conduct unannounced inspections of the refurbishment industry in Sefton, concentrating on Southport, Crosby and Bootle. This industry accounts for 60% of all accidents in construction, but represents only 40% of all construction activity.

The inspection initiative is aimed at trying to reduce the accident statistics, which rose by 28% nationally last year. Nearly 80 workmen were killed and around half of these worked within the refurbishment sector. Many thousands more suffered serious injuries and ill health as a result of going to work.

During a region wide initiative carried out in February this year, 187 inspections were conducted across the North West, with enforcement action being taken in 103 cases. Contractors targeted during this initiative can also expect strong enforcement action to be taken against them where poor health and safety standards are present on site.

During the inspection visits on 9 June, HSE inspectors will be ensuring that:

  • Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place
  • Suitable equipment has been provided, correctly installed / assembled / inspected and maintained and being used properly by competent individuals
  • Sites are well organised, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions to avoid slips, trips and falls
  • Work areas are clear of unnecessary materials and waste
  • Fire prevention has been considered and adequate means of raising the alarm, suitable escape routes and fire fighting equipment have been provided should a fire occur
  • The work force is made aware of risk control measures
  • Adequate welfare facilities have been provided

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