"During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place."
The inspectors found that basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 of those sites.
- On 644 sites practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers
- 539 prohibition notices were served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately
- 414 improvement notices issued requiring standards to improve
The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.
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