Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland are planning a series of unannounced visits over a two week period to tackle construction health and safety risks in the country. The visits will put a focus on the risks working at height, the control of silica dust, the management of asbestos risks and lifting aids for heavy materials in the industry. The inspectors will also look at whether site management is using risk assessments as part of their everyday working practices and whether sites are well maintained and tidy. There will also be a focus on seeking improvements where sites are not working to the standards set by the HSENI. Enforcement action will be taken to stop work activities where there are unsafe practices being used any of their sites. It is hoped that accidents and injuries will be prevented by encouraging the industry to put simple health and safety rules into practice. The inspectors will also be looking at whether there are suitable welfare facilities for workers on site and whether site supervisors have received appropriate training in order to put risk assessments in place.
Health and safety at work
Construction health and safety practices are vital due to the many dangers and potential for injury found on site. Simply wearing hard hats when working and using harnesses when working at height can prevent serious head injuries and falls. Slips, trips and falls can be prevented by keeping working sites tidy and free from obstacles. Injuries from lifting heavy objects can be prevented with simple manual handling training and using equipment to lift extremely large objects. Assessing the risks and potential hazards and putting controls in place to protect workers can be the difference between a working day without incident and someone going home or to hospital with a serious injury. If you have had an accident at work that was the fault of someone else, you could make a compensation claim.
Work injury compensation
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you have sustained an injury or had an accident at work because of someone else’s negligence. Provided there is evidence that someone else was at fault, either by failing to train you or failing to put risk assessments in place, then we could help you win some compensation. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to discuss your case with an adviser. The no win, no fee policy offered by us ensures that you can only benefit financially from making your claim with us.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown