THE LATEST Health and Safety Executive (HSE) construction inspection initiative begins this week, and will continue until 17 February.
The campaign is primarily targeting London sites safety planning and precautions on health and asbestos. Inspectors are also investigating measures to protect workers from occupational lung disease when carrying out common construction tasks, such as cutting roof tiles or timber.
HSE says that priority is often given to safety, but thousands more workers suffer ill-health at work than suffer as a result of accidents. Asbestos is a ‘slow killer’. It is estimated that there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these with asbestos and silica the major causes.
HSE inspectors are looking to ensure those involved with construction projects know the risks, properly plan their work and use the right controls. Where poor standards are found, enforcement action will be taken.
The inspections coincide with HSE’s #DustBuster campaign that aims to ensure construction sites across the UK have measures in place to protect their workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust. As part of the campaign, inspectors will specifically look for evidence that employees are aware of the risks of materials such as asbestos and plan their work accordingly.