Safety watchdog declares construction sites unsafe in parts of Yorkshire & the Humber

Ten construction sites in parts of South Yorkshire & the Humber were so dangerous that workers lives were being put at risk according to inspectors who visited them during February and March.

In an initiative aimed at reducing deaths and injuries, inspectors from the HSE targeted 52 refurbishment sites involving 75 contractors. Ten were found to be so far below required standards that inspectors had to issue formal enforcement notices.

Several of the sites were made to stop work immediately and others received enforcement notices requiring improvements to be made. Of the 52 visits in parts of South Yorkshire and Humber, inspectors issued nine prohibition notices, eight of which related to unsafe work being carried out at height. Two improvement notices were also served for premises where there were unacceptable practices for fire precautions and asbestos management.

Six enforcement notices were served in Hull, two in Sheffield and one each in Grimsby, Rotherham and Bridlington. No action needed to be taken from visits in Scunthorpe, Barnsley and Doncaster.

HSE Inspector Hazel Dobb, who co-ordinated the Construction Initiative in South Yorkshire & Humber, said:

“This is the fifth year of the inspection initiative and it is disappointing to find construction sites taking the same unnecessary risks with their workers’ lives.  What is of most concern is that the over-riding failure concerned work at height – eight of the ten prohibition notices related this type of serious safety breach”

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