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One in four London construction sites fail health and safety checks

A month-long inspection initiative carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that one in four construction sites in London failed health and safety checks.

93 of the 401 sites visited did not meet the minimum standards required by law for health and safety. Immediate Prohibition Notices were served to several of the sites whose everyday working practices were too dangerous to remain operating. These sites were shut down immediately until they could meet the necessary standards.

Throughout 2011 and 2012, 471 workers were seriously injured at construction sites in London, whilst four workers were killed. The initiative has been put into place to ensure that standards are being met, in the hope that accidents and deaths are reduced.

It is important to remember to follow safety precautions in terms of correct protective workwear, fall arrest equipment and power tools. Especially following the recent spate of health and safety crackdowns.


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