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One in 10 sites fails Northern Ireland blitz

1 Oct 14 A blitz of construction sites by safety inspectors in Northern Ireland resulted in 11 prohibition notices served from 102 sites visited

An example of inadequate height safety encountered by inspectors and, below, inadequate welfare facilities
An example of inadequate height safety encountered by inspectors and, below, inadequate welfare facilities

During September, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) made unannounced visits construction sites to check that high-risk activities were being properly managed, such as working at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts.

Inspectors were also looking for good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities.

All 11 prohibition notices that were served were to stop dangerous work at height. There was also one improvement notice served for inadequate welfare facilities (pictured below).

As well as height safety issues, other common problems identified included a lack of face-fit tests for tight fitting respiratory protection (generally disposable face masks).

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