HSE Executives plan two week ‘unannounced’ inspections

Health & Safety Executives plan a two week ‘unannounced’ series of inspections to tackle risky building sites

Today executives announced they were cracking down on risky construction sites in a bid to prevent a sliding of standards they have recently seen.

Safety inspectors will visit a series of building sites over a two week period, seeking to identify where work activities are breaching the required standards and where necessary, taking action to cease work on a hazardous site immediately.

The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI), said the visits to building sites would begin on the 1st September and will be completely ‘unannounced’. The executive said the visits will focus on high-risk activities often faced in the construction industry such as working at a height, managing asbestos correctly and the control of silica dust.

Construction Health and SafetyInspectors will identify sites which fail to meet the required regulations such as not having a risk assessment in place. HSE will also check that asbestos surveys have been carried out correctly and that they were done so prior to any refurbishment or demolition work.

Nancy Henry, the head of the HSENI construction group said “Construction is one of the more dangerous industries and a lax attitude to health and safety costs people’s lives.

“Many accidents and risks to health are completely avoidable by putting in place very simple and sensible measures that are well known across the industry.

“HSENI will continue to provide advice to the industry but, as we’ve demonstrated in previous years, HSENI will not hesitate to take action if we find poor practices that are that are putting the lives of workers at risk.”

During the visits, HSE inspectors will look to identify a number of health and safety hazards commonly associated with the construction industry.

The ‘unannounced’ series of inspections will begin on the 1st September.