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UK sites closed for safety failings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has closed down a number of building sites across the UK which have failed to adhere to health and safety guidelines.

Ten sites in Lincolnshire and 17 out of 71 sites in Norfolk and Suffolk have been given notices, or have been shut down due to poor practice.

Issues such as poor scaffolding and exposure to dust are reasons highlighted for the closure of sites, in addition to inadequate washing facilities.

The importance of safety on construction sites has been given increased attention following a number of accidents, and even deaths, on sites in recent months.

According to the HSE, in the east of England in 2011/12, 19 workers were killed during construction work, whereas 2,141 were seriously injured.

Simple measures such as ensuring that workers are able to use power tools correctly and making sure all employers have appropriate personal protection equipment should help keep the number of on-site accidents down.

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