HSE launches investigation into scaffolding

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to examine scaffolds in construction sites throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands during the next three weeks.

This forms part of a safety drive the public body is launching in an attempt to reduce the number of people who die or are injured as a result of accidents in the workplace.

HSE inspectors will examine smaller refurbishment and construction sites that are using scaffolding and will target those deemed to be performing poorly.

Between 2006 and 2010, three people died and 250 were injured in Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire as a result of incidents involving mobile or fixed scaffolds.

According to the HSE, scaffolds on building sites should be checked when they are first erected and then every week until they are taken down.

“Scaffolding still poses a significant risk to those involved in its construction and dismantling, as well as those who use it,” said HSE principal inspector Jo Anderson, who is leading the initiative.

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