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HSE issues notices to building contractors lacking in PPE

A variety of building contractors in the north-east of England were recently given improvement notices by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), because they were not focusing enough on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

In total, the organisation handed out nine of these notices because firms were either lacking in PPE or because their employees required more training concerning asbestos awareness issues.

John McGill, an inspector with the organisation, stated that slips and trips are among the risks that the construction sector currently faces.

He stated: 'Working at height remains the biggest concern, as it is the single greatest cause of workplace fatalities, and slips and trips are the most common cause of injury.'

During the HSE's north-east inspections, nine Prohibition Notices were also given out in relation to working at height.

Meanwhile, users of protective gear like safety gloves might benefit from the information offered by Helly Hansen, which has published online PPE profiles for different types of worker.

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