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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed it recently carried out spot checks on development projects in Waltham Forest.

According to the organisation, it held the inspections in the area to highlight unsafe practices and ensure items such as personal protective equipment are used properly by workers.

Work on 12 of the 16 sites in the region was stopped, with five improvement notices also provided to owners of buildings and contractors involved.

Sarah Snelling, inspector of the HSE, said the organisation 'will not tolerate poor standards and will take appropriate enforcement action'.

'Our advice to those who work in the refurbishment and conversion sector is to plan work, use competent workers and, if working at height, use the right equipment and use it safely,' she added.

The HSE recently held a presentation highlighting the dangers of asbestos to students in Plymouth.

Held as part of the body's Hidden Killer campaign, the event was held at the City of Plymouth.

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