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Construction Workers Taking Too Many Risks

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10:12am 16th September 2013

Health and safety Inspectors checking construction sites in Dorset this month say more needs to be done to protect workers at height.

The HSE are half way through a review they're carrying out in the county throughout September, which so far has revealed unnecessary risks are being taken in many places.

They also say many contractors aren't aware of current legislation on working with asbestos, though there's plenty of advice on their website.

But there's praise for better on-site welfare, including toilet facilities and running water.

Principal Inspector for Construction for Dorset, Jo Teasdale, said:  

“Too many people die every year on Britain’s construction sites as a result of entirely avoidable incidents.

“Just as importantly, the causes of ill health, such as unnecessary exposure to asbestos or silica dust can also have fatal or debilitating consequences.

“Often we find it is smaller companies working on refurbishment and repair work who are failing to protect their workers through a lack of awareness and poor control of risks.

“This initiative provides a chance to engage with these firms to help them understand what they need to do, so they can put in place the practical measures needed to keep people safe.

“However, if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily and irresponsibly put at risk we will not hesitate to take robust action.  Companies who deliberately cut corners and put their workers or others at risk will feel the full weight of the law.”

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