Safety spot light on construction

ONE in four construction sites have been declared unsafe along the Yorkshire Coast according to a safety watchdog.

A quarter of sites, between Staithes and Filey, were so dangerous that workers lives were being put at risk according to inspectors who visited them recently.

In an initiative aimed at reducing deaths and injuries in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive made 66 site visits and a total of 17 were found to be so far below required standards that inspectors had to issue formal enforcement notices.

The HSE Inspectors were visiting hotels, B&Bs and entertainment venues along the Scarborough, Whitby and Filey coastline focusing on refurbishment projects; the worst performing sector of the construction industry, where owners are carrying out renovations prior to the tourist season starting.

Several of the sites visited received more than one enforcement notice either stopping work activities immediately or requiring improvements to be made.

In total, inspectors issued 14 prohibition and five improvement notices, with 12 of the notices relating to unsafe work being carried out at height.

Alasdair Green, inspector for Construction with the HSE, said: “This was the fifth year of the inspection initiative and it is disappointing to find construction sites taking the same unnecessary risks with their workers’ lives.

“Although there were examples of good practice, the fact we found unsafe conditions on one in four sites is unacceptable. Companies have a responsibility to protect their workers, to help rid construction of its reputation as being one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.”