Safety drive on building sites

BUILDING sites in Derbyshire are being inspected as part of a month-long drive to improve standards in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive will be visiting sites in Alfreton, Bolsover, Staveley, Ashbourne, Belper, Matlock, Darley Dale, Bakewell, Clay Cross and Chesterfield where refurbishment or repair works are being carried out.

During 2010/11, nearly 40 serious injuries occurred on construction sites across Derbyshire. There were three deaths and 188 serious injuries across the East Midlands as a whole.

Principal inspector for construction Nic Rigby said: “The refurbishment sector continues to be the most risky for construction workers, all too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put at risk. In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference.

“Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable.”