HSE Safer Sites Initiative 2014 to try and reduce ill health, death and injury

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The HSE has announced the launch of its Safer Sites initiative which aims to try and reduce ill health, death and injury in the industry by emphasising the HSE’s message to the construction industry that poor standards are unacceptable and liable to result in the HSE taking enforcement action.

During the initiative which is running from the 22nd September until the 17th October, HSE inspectors will be carrying out unannounced inspections of sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway  As part of their site visits, HSE inspectors will be looking at whether jobs which involve work at height have been properly planned and that appropriate precautions are in place.  This includes areas such as fragile surfaces.

With falls through fragile surfaces, particularly rooflights, accounting for 22% of all fall from height fatal injuries, those involved in refurbishment and repair work must treat fragile surfaces as a priority hazard.   Systems such as KEE DOME have been specifically designed to protect those accessing areas near to fragile rooflights whilst carrying out maintenance and repair work and should be considered whenever work is required where there is a hazard.  The system is modular in design and features recycled PVC bases which lock the posts into position around the rooflight’s perimeter and do not penetrate the roof membrane.

This is the HSE’s ninth annual Initiative and building on previous campaigns, HSE Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed.  Further information on the Safer Sites initiative can be found on the HSE website.

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Thu, 09/25/2014 – 12:38

HSE Safer Sites initiative focuses on refurbishment and repair work on sites

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