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15 October 2019

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HSE to run a Construction Health & Safety Inspection Initiative in October 2019

Worker cutting stone with grinder.

Over the last 30 years, the overall safety of workers in the construction sector has greatly improved. However, the industry is still catching up regarding the prevention of long-term ill-health for employees.

The focus of the initiative is to inspect the level of prevention measures taken by employers to protect their workers from occupational lung disease. The most common cause of lung disease in the construction sector are asbestos, silica, wood and other potentially harmful dusts. The HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year, of which the construction industry accounts for 44% of those cases.

HSE inspectors will be looking to educate construction companies and workers on the risks and how to properly plan their work safely using the right control measures. Enforcement action may be taken against companies where control measures are found to be inadequate.

Information on appropriate health & safety measures can be found below: –

This Health & Safety initiative will run from the 7th October to the 1st November and will be carried out through a series of planned and random visits.


For more information, get in touch with:

Keith Marlow

Risk Management Division Manager

020 7256 7300