HSE halts work on three sites in Chester saying it is "disappointed with general standards"
The Health and Safety Executive has stopped construction work on three sites and issued a total of 12 enforcement notices in a week-long targeted inspection of Chester sites.
HSE said that problems uncovered included:
- Poor risk management on site
- Unsafe scaffolds
- Risk of falls from height
- Unsatisfactory welfare facilities
The HSE blitz focused its attention on the refurbishment sector after statistics suggested that 63% of the fatalities in the construction industry between 1999 and 2005 occurred in the refurbishment sector. Forty per cent of serious injuries - such as broken arms and legs - occurred due to slips and trips on untidy sites in 2003-04, another area currently being targeted by the HSE.