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HSE findings prompt call for more funds

19 Sep 13 Construction union Ucatt has renewed its call for greater funding of site inspections after the Health & Safety Executive revealed that nearly half of the sites they have recently visited had serious safety defects.

This month the HSE is running an inspection blitz on the construction refurbishment sector. Halfway through the initiative the HSE has revealed that nearly half of the 1,000 sites so far visited contained material breaches leading contravention notices being issued. A number of sites had also been served with enforcement notices.

Ucatt general secretary Steve Murphy said: “These figures demonstrate the dangers faced by construction workers on a daily basis. Failure to ensure a sites safety could lead to the death or injury of a worker. The next time a government minister complains about red tape strangling business they should be reminded of these figures.”

Mr Murphy added: “While these initiatives by the HSE are very welcome, inspectors are only visiting a small percentage of all the construction sites in the country. These findings demonstrate why the HSE needs more resources to conduct this type of inspection in all parts of the country throughout the year.”

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