The importance of safe and efficient powered access has again been highlighted after nearly half of building sites inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) failed basic safety checks in September.
The HSE said failing to protect workers during activities at height was among the most common problems discovered as it visited 2,607 sites during a month-long safety drive.
Unsafe scaffold and ladder set-ups were of particular concern at some sites, as well as exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.
Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. On 644 sites, practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers – with 539 prohibition notices served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve.
HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Heather Bryant, said: “It is disappointing to find a significant number of sites falling below acceptable health and safety standards, where our inspectors encountered poor practice this often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding.
“Through initiatives like this we are able to tackle underlying issues before they become established and we will continue to work with the industry in an effort to drive up standards.
“However those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce can expect to face tough consequences.”
Powered access provides a safe solution for working at height and, at Prolift Access, we have a fleet of more than 400 machines available to hire. Click the link to view our full range of scissor lifts, boom lifts and telehandlers for hire.
Prolift Access is also an IPAF-approved training provider, offering a variety of safety courses. Visit the Prolift Access training page for more details.