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One-third of basement projects fail HSE inspection

July 4th, 2012

Almost one-third of all basement construction sites that were visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently failed hazard management spot-checks.

On June 19th, the government body visited 56 workplaces across the London boroughs of Camden, Haringey, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea.

It took enforcement action at 17 of these locations and issued Prohibition Notices 20 times, with these requiring dangerous operations to cease “with immediate effect” and more than half of these relating to breaches of working at height regulations.

Employees in the construction sector are particularly at risk of becoming injured due to a fall from elevation, with over 60 per cent of all workplace deaths involving falls.

Furthermore, the HSE handed out Improvement Notices in six instances, with these requiring enhancements to be made to prevent workers or visitors suffering serious injury.

“Construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous industries and fatal incidents across London have shown how devastating domestic basement collapses can be,” principal inspector for HSE’s construction division in the City and South West London Andrew Beal remarked.

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