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HSE stops work on five refurbishment sites

A crackdown on unsafe building practices at building and refurbishment sites across the UK has led to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) closing down one in five sites immediately.

In addition to this, the HSE also served 631 enforcement notices for poor practices and 451 notices which order to the immediate halting of work.

The news is a huge blow to the reputation of construction companies nationwide who have neglected necessary and life-saving health and safety practices.

HSE's chief inspector of construction Phillip White said: “This initiative has once again shown us that the majority of construction employers do take their responsibilities to their workers seriously."

However, of the 2,363 sites visited, an alarming amount of inspectors encountered problems such as lack of edge protection on stairwells, unsafe scaffolding, unsafe storage of flammable materials and inadequate personal protective equipment.

The report highlights the importance of making sure all practices are adhered to, in order to protect from future accidents. 

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