Almost one in four London construction sites failed health and safety checks in February and March, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced this week.
The HSE visited over 400 sites between 18 February and 15 March, of which 93 failed to meet minimum legal standards.
Over one quarter (110) of the visits were specifically looking at domestic basements in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham where work had to be stopped at over one third of the sites.
“It’s good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law but sadly a sizeable minority of sites are letting down the rest of the industry,” said HSE’s principal inspector for construction in London Andy Beal.
“Failures to properly protect workers during construction activities at height, inadequate site management, exposure to dangerous types of dust and inadequate washing facilities were among the dangers and low standards we found on some sites.”