43% of Sites Visited Fail HSE Construction Blitz

HSE Construction site ‘blitz’ finds breaches at 43% of site visits.  The HSE Board received a report on 12th December 2018 on the immediate findings from the four-week National Construction Inspection Initiative during October 2018.

The initiative focused on health with an emphasis on lung disease and respiratory risks caused by asbestos and dust. The HSE Board was told that:

“This was a collaborative HSE effort including specialist disciplines and nominated ‘health champions’ and other operational and communications colleagues. We developed ‘bespoke’ campaign materials and targeted messaging.Our 10-week communication plan allowed more time for advance publicity.

“We created a set of key messages focusing on behaviour change. Targeting respiratory risks provided the ‘hook’ that was used to generate interest in national and local BBC radio, newspapers and trade publications.We also encouraged inspector driven social media content. We went to nearly 1000 construction sites, meeting the indicative work plan target of 1250 inspection.

  • Breaches were found in 43% of visits;
  • Over 400 notices were served;
  • On the smaller sites, inspectors still faced significant and immediate safety issues resulting in around 150 Prohibition Notices (PNs);
  • 42 health PNs were issued, (particularly for dust and asbestos); and
  • Around 140 Improvement Notices were issued on health.

“A more detailed analysis is underway to get a fuller appreciation of the impact of the campaign.Initial feedback shows there was an 11.8% increase in overall usage of HSE’s Construction webpages and the media activity reached several thousand workers. 20% of the sites were aware of the campaign prior to an inspector visit and most significantly, 9% of the sites ‘prepared’ for the visit.”

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