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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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HSE keeping eye on Cumbrian building sites

Health and safety inspectors will be out checking construction sites across Cumbria this month.

The Health and Safety Executive warned the sites were coming under the spotlight to improve standards in “one of the most dangerous industries”.

They will be focusing on checking high-risk activity such as working at height and making sure sites have clear access routes and are uncluttered.

A spokesperson said falls remained the most common cause of deaths and serious injuries in the construction sector, with more than five reported every day.

During 2010/11, one worker was killed while working in construction in Cumbria and 25 serious injuries were reported.

There were seven deaths and 308 serious injuries across the north west as a whole.

Another 802 workers were forced to take at least three days off work because of an injury or ill health – up on the 768 recorded in 2009/10.

Dorothy Shaw, HSE’s principal inspector for construction in Cumbria, said small changes to working practice could “make all the difference.”

“Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable, and even the smallest of firms should have a culture which allows workers to raise issues without fear of reprisal,” she added.

“As we have demonstrated in the past, we will take strong action if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk.”

Figures released by the HSE showed there were five deaths in the workplace in Cumbria in 2010/11, made up of two in Allerdale, one in Eden and two in South Lakeland.

There were also 50 serious injuries in Carlisle, 41 in Allerdale, 30 in Eden, 23 in Copeland, 45 in South Lakeland and 28 recorded in Barrow.

 

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