The construction industry has long been regarded as one of the most dangerous in which to work, and the Health and Safety Executive has recognised this by starting a national campaign of unannounced visits to construction sites across the country. With statistics showing more than 2,800 major injuries within the construction industry in 2011/12, the move is being welcomed by insurance companies, workers and bosses alike.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) started a major nationwide initiative this month in an attempt to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries within the construction industry. Second only to agriculture, the fact that construction is one of the riskiest industry sectors in which to work was confirmed by figures showing that in 2011/12, there were 49 deaths and over 2,800 major injuries in construction.
Impromptu inspections will run for a month until the middle of March and inspectors will be looking at such issues as whether:
- the construction site is well organised
- that appropriate protection is provided for and worn by construction workers
- stairs and other walkways are clear of obstructions
- equipment such as scaffolding is correctly assembled and maintained
The HSE want to reinforce the fact to contractors and workers that health and safety precautions are not optional and that action will be taken against anyone who does not follow the regulations laid down.
A spokesperson from work accident compensation provider, Accident Advice Helpline said,
“This initiative by the HSE will be welcomed by many workers who feel that their safety is being put at risk by shoddy practices. Work injury compensation cases that we have dealt with reveal that workers do not always feel able to complain about health and safety failings, for fear of losing their job.”
It is hoped that this initiative will make bosses aware of the consequences of failing health and safety checks and help to reduce the number of serious accidents in the future.
Anyone thinking of making an accident at work compensation claim can talk to Accident Advice Helpline on free phone number 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. The company deal not only with work injury compensation, but a wide variety of claims for other types of non-fault accidents.
Date Published: April 13, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work