The Health & Safety Executive is planning a safety crackdown on major projects over the next year.
In the HSE Construction Division's Plan of Work for 2010/11, chief inspector of construction Philip White said major projects would be targeted by the HSE's operational activities, along with: Asbestos removal licence holders (inspection of licensed work); Small sites; Refurbishment; and Homebuild.
"The focus is on making best use of our resources to sustain and, where possible, accelerate long-term improvement in health and safety outcomes," he said.
Five generic issues the HSE will look at on site visits are:
- Provision of welfare facilities
- Site transport
- Work at height
- Asbestos risks
- Good order
As well as considering these five generic issues, the HSE said it will also tackle:
- Leadership on health and safety
- CDM dutyholders
- Local authority as client
- Contractor competence
- Temporary works
- Lifting, focusing on tower ranes and mobile cranes
- Respiratory risks
- Manual handling
- Worker involvement
- Enabling activities
"This plan reaffirms Construction Division’s commitment to improve health and safety in construction. We recognise that we cannot achieve the improvements alone and look to all those in the construction industry to play their part in bringing about change and improvements in health and safety", added White.