HSE LAUNCHES SAFETY CLAMPDOWN ON MERSEYSIDE CONSTRUCTION SITES February 15th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Unsafe practices on construction sites across Merseyside are being targeted as part of a national initiative being launched on Monday 18 February aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. To support a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are visiting sites across Merseyside where refurbishment or repair works are taking place. They will make unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, is being used appropriately. During 2011/12, two workers were killed while working in construction in Merseyside and a further 53 were seriously injured. Nationally there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries. The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action. Neil Jamieson, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Merseyside, said: “Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark. Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are unacceptable. “In many cases, simple changes to working practices can make all the difference and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action. “We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.” Further information about working safely in the construction industry can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!