The building industry is still one of the most dangerous workplaces.
Following years of improving safety in our industry, construction union UCATT Freedom of Information request to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows a worrying decline in the number of construction site inspections carried out the by Health and Safety Executive.
Construction inspections made by the HSE in 2014/15
Overall reduction in inspections of 921 (8.7%) on previous year but with big regional variations
Brian Rye, acting general secretary of UCATT, quoted in CM Magazine, said: “This fall in inspection activity is deeply troubling. The prospect of an unexpected knock on the door by a construction inspector is what keeps many employers on their toes. If employers believe that their safety procedures are not going to be checked this will lead to slackness and corners being cut. Workers could pay with their lives.”
Do you think the reduction in inspections matters to safety?
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