Health and safety officials to launch “proactive” campaign

Construction firms in West Yorkshire could soon receive a visit from health and safety inspectors as part of a drive to reduce the number of work-related injuries and fatalities in the region.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has teamed up with local councils to target over 500 businesses in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield in a two-week campaign.

Officials from the HSE and local authorities will check the necessary safety practices are in place and the relevant legislation is being followed.

John Rowe, a principal inspector for the HSE, said the initiative aims to “really make a difference”.

Companies will be given support and advice on protecting their employees and the public, while enforcement action will also be taken if any firms are seen to be significantly breaching the rules, he explained.

Councillor Mary Harkin, who is responsible for health and safety at Kirklees Council, described the campaign as “proactive”.

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health recently introduced a new qualification that aims to raise safety standards in the building industry.

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