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HSE Autumn 2014 bulletin outlines – “What HSE inspectors looked for during inspections”

The bulletin states HSE inspectors considered whether:

  • risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica were being controlled;
  • workers were aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it;
  • other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling and hazardous substances, were being properly managed;
  • jobs that involve working at height had been identified and properly planned to make sure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, were in place;
  • equipment was correctly installed/assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly;
  • sites were well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs were free from obstructions and welfare facilities were adequate.

The HSE confirmed more than 1100 construction sites failed safety checks in last year’s campaign and earlier this year, a health-focused initiative led to enforcement action being taken in one in six sites visited.

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