some image

CLAMPDOWN ON POOR WELFARE AND ILL HEALTH ON WEST MIDLANDS CONSTRUCTION SITES

Enforcement Activity

Poor standards of welfare and unsafe work on building sites in the West Midlands will be targeted this month as part of an annual push to reduce death, injury and ill health in the industry.

During a concentrated drive running in February, the Health and Safety Executive will visit sites across the region, focusing on ill health on construction sites.
HSE inspectors will make unannounced visits to construction sites across the West Midlands conurbation and in parts of Worcestershire and Warwickshire. They will be checking to ensure high-risk activities, such as work with noisyvibrating power tools, are being done safely. They will also check welfare facilities on site are adequate, such as having hot, running water available so substances like cement can be washed from the skin to prevent the development of conditions such as dermatitis.
Workers’ protective equipment will also be checked to make sure it is in good working order and respiratory protection equipment to ensure it is working and fits the wearer correctly.

RECENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

Enforcement Activity

Work at height

06/02/14: Firm fined after decorator is seriously injured in stairwell fall
An Essex construction company has been fined after a self-employed decorator was severely injured in a stairwell fall at a building site in Cambridgeshire.
18/02/14: Cardiff contractors in court over worker’s roof plunge
A Cardiff building contractor has been fined for breaking safety legislation after a young worker broke his back in a seven-metre fall through an unprotected hole in a roof.
20/02/14: Suspended prison sentence for builder after bricklayer paralysed by fall
A Lincoln builder has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence after a self-employed bricklayer broke his back in two places after falling three metres from faulty scaffolding.
Further information
Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height
Construction Safety Topic - Roofwork

Scaffolding

A scaffolding firm has been fined for dangerous scaffold installations at sites in Wantage and Oxford.
Further information
Construction Safety Topic – Scaffold checklist  

Demolition

14/02/14: Firm fined after worker seriously injured by falling guttering
An Aberdeen-based demolition firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured by falling cast iron guttering. 
Further information
Construction Safety Topic – Structural stability 

Asbestos

06/02/14: Housing trust and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk
A trust providing housing and care for the elderly and two firms hired to carry out refurbishment work at its premises in Alnwick have been fined after staff and residents were put at risk of exposure to asbestos.
13/02/14: Suffolk firm in court after workers exposed to asbestos
A Suffolk window replacement company has been fined after it exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material during work to replace window units at a school in Bury St Edmunds. 
Further information
Construction Safety Topic - Asbestos  

Mobile plant and vehicles

12/02/14: Plant hire firm fined after reversing mini-digger injures worker
A national plant hire company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was struck and injured by a reversing mini-digger at a North London depot. 
Further information
Construction Safety Topic – Mobile plant and vehicles