Health and Safety Executive inspectors are to begin a two week ‘unannounced’ series of inspections to tackle safety risks on building sites across Northern Ireland.
Safety inspectors are to begin a two week ‘unannounced’ series of inspections to tackle safety risks on building sites across Northern Ireland.
During the visits, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) will seek improvements where work activities miss required standards or, where necessary, will take enforcement action to stop all work on a site immediately.
The executive said the visits, which start on 1 September, will focus on the high-risk activities such as working at height, the safe management of asbestos, control of silica dust and lifting aids for heavy materials, such as kerbs.
Nancy Henry who heads up HSENI’s 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 putting the lives of workers at risk.”
Inspectors will look at how sites are managed, whether risk assessments are being used properly, if sites are tidy and with good welfare facilities.
To ensure the risks from asbestos are properly managed, HSENI will also check, where appropriate, that asbestos surveys have been carried out prior to any refurbishment or demolition work.
During the inspection programme, inspectors will be looking at whether:
For more information about the initiative or advice on safe working in construction, see www.hseni.gov.uk or call the HSENI helpline on: 0800 0320 121.