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Safety inspectors target Yorkshire construction sites

Construction sites across Yorkshire will be targeted by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors in September as part of a crackdown on reducing death and injuries when working at height.

The crackdown is in response to the continued loss of life and serious injury caused by working at height. In 2011/12, 49 workers died on construction sites across the UK, with falls from height being a major cause.

Yorkshire has been targeted by the HSE after it has prosecuted several construction companies in the past few months following incidents where workers were injured.

Inspectors will begin in Bradford before moving onto other locations in West, North and East Yorkshire. The inspections target any type of work carried out at height, focussing on external parts of buildings.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Barry Walton

    As macabre and sad as it is the HSE 2012-13 names and details of fatalities is revealing and begs a question on NCE reporting and or the HSE activities and 'crackdowns'. Between 02/04 (first fatal incident for the period) and 27/07 (last), 2012 there were 10 fatalities attributed to construction activity of which three were falls from height and three more that might be so characterised. They happened (one each) in Warwickshire, Glasgow, Essex, Dorset, Rotherham and Cumbria. Were there sufficient serious injuries to target Yorkshire over the rest of Britain? Is any focus with this spread liable to reduce deaths further?

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