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One in four construction sites fail safety inspections

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Of the 71 sites visited in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk during a month-long inspection initiative, a quarter of them failed health and safety checks.  The inspections were carried out as part of a national Health and Safety Executive clamp-down on dangerous activities in the construction industry. The contractors were given no advance notice of the inspections.  A total of 17 were found not to meet the minimum standards for health and safety, and 18 enforcement notices were issued.

During 2011/12 alone, 19 construction workers were killed across the East of England and a further 2,141 were seriously injured. Nationally in the same year, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

This is a useful reminder to those working in construction to work safely. 

Grant Evatt
Senior Associate
Personal Injury team

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