Safety inspectors in Northern Ireland are planning a number of unannounced visits to building sites across the country.
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will carry out the checks over the course of two weeks from the beginning of September in a bid to tackle the risks posed to construction workers.
Construction sites can be dangerous places to work, especially when employers fail to ensure adequate safety measures are implemented, so there is often a high risk employees will fall victim to accidents.
The inspectors will make a point of focussing on the dangers posed by working at height, working with asbestos, the control of silica dust and use of mechanical lifting equipment for substantial materials.
Welfare facilities provided for workers on building sites, such as canteens and toilets, will also be checked to ensure they are clean and have warm running water, soap and towels – all standard requirements.
Nancy Henry, HSENI’s construction group spokeswoman, says a lax attitude to health and safety costs people’s lives.
She claims many accidents and risks to health could be avoided if very simple and sensible measures are put in place prior to work beginning – hence the decision to launch the nationwide operation across Northern Ireland.
Building sites could be shut down if inspectors identify work practices that are putting staff in danger.
All employers have a duty of care to protect their employees and ensure they can work safely.
Failure to provide a safe working environment could mean that employers are deemed negligent following an accident.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with all the information and support you need to make a successful claim. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Date Published: August 16, 2014
Author: David Brown