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Safety campaign has begun

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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HEALTH and safety bosses are beginning a clampdown on unsafe practices at construction sites around Derbyshire.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit sites across the county where refurbishment or repair works are taking place as part of a major national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

For four weeks inspectors will be making unannounced visits to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.

They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable PPE, such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

Nic Rigby, HSE principal inspector for the North Midlands Construction Division, said: “Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark.

“Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are unacceptable.

“In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference, and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”

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