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HSE tackles Scottish construction site safety

The Health and Safety Executive has launched a new initiative to reduce death, injury and ill health on Scotland’s construction sites.

Over the period of a month, HSE Inspectors will make unannounced visits to construction sites to:

  • ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height,
  • check for general good order,
  • assess welfare facilities, and
  • check whether suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction in Scotland and a further 316 were seriously injured. Across Britain there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

Jeanette Reuben, HSE Head of Construction for Scotland, said:

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”