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Inspections to put end to work issues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

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POOR working conditions likely to lead to ill health on building sites will be targeted this month as part of work to reduce death, injury and ill health in the industry.

During a concentrated two-week, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will make unannounced visits across Burton and South Derbyshire, focusing on ill health on construction sites.

Inspectors will be looking in particular at respiratory risks from dusts including silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint as well as manual handling, noise and vibration.

HSE chief inspector of construction Heather Bryant said: “The construction sector has made good progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured by its activities.

“We need to tackle where workers are unnecessarily being exposed to serious health risks, such as silica dust, which can have fatal or debilitating consequences.

“This initiative provides a chance to engage with these firms to help them understand what they need to do.”

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