The Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is due to start a 2-week long programme of construction site inspections, commencing from Monday 16 September 2019.
The initiative is aimed at tackling poor standards and unsafe practices as well as reducing ill health, death and injury in the industry. Site visits will take place all throughout Northern Ireland and will cover local building sites.
The HSENI has undertaken major analysis, based on the last five years, of major injury incidents in the construction sector. The analysis revealed that there were three leading causes for around 70% of these major incidents. These are:
Based on these finding, the inspection initiative will focus on several key areas, all with a view to assessing and ensuring that construction businesses are managing risks and taking measures to mitigate or eliminate those risks.
The HSENI has revealed that there are some key considerations involved in the initiative’s programme of inspections. Here, we take a look at those considerations and give you some questions to consider if the HSENI arrived at your business’ door.
Site management – is your site management competent and fit for purpose?
Working at height – has this been properly planned? Are appropriate internal and external fall prevention measures in place?
Site organisation – is your site well organised? Have you got provisions in place to avoid slips, trips and falls?
Walkways and stairs – are they free from obstructions?
Vehicles and pedestrians – is site traffic safely managed? Are vehicles and pedestrians segregated?
Health risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration
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