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National clampdown targets poor construction site safety

Poor standards and unsafe work on Britain's building sites will be targeted as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health in the industry.

During the month long initiative, the Health and Safety Executive will carry out unannounced checks at sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

From 2nd September, inspectors will visit construction sites to ensure high-risk activities, such as working at height, and work which could result in exposure to harmful dusts are being properly managed. They will also that check that basic welfare facilities, such as toilets and handwashing facilities, have been provided if they are needed.

Despite a welcome reduction in the number of people killed in 2012/13, construction workers remain nearly four times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker. An estimated 70,000 builders are currently suffering ill health as a result of their work.

The campaign aims to drive home the message to those working in the industry that poor risk management and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are not only unacceptable, but can cost lives.

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