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Poor safety on refurbishment sites

Published:  15 July, 2009

MANCHESTER: One in five construction firms infringe safety rules say legal experts.

During the latest national inspection initiative carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, 348 of the 1759 refurbishment sites visited failed to meet safety standard with nearly 500 enforcement notices issued.

Neeta Laing, head of employment law at law firm Lewis Hymanson Small, said: "The most common concern for HSE when visiting sites was unsafe work at height practices. To avoid prosecution bosses must ensure they take more care and attention when planning jobs at height."

All employers should now be carrying out a health and safety audit of their site to make sure it is safe and that they're fully prepared for the inspections. Ms Laing added: "Employers must ensure equipment is checked and maintained regularly and walkways and stairs should always be free from obstructions.

"In the future, HSE inspectors could give harsh penalties for those that don't comply."

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