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HSE clampdown on unsafe construction sites across the UK

HSE clampdown on unsafe construction sites across the UK

Over the next month, HSE regional inspectors will be visiting construction sites unannounced across the UK as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death and injury in one of Britain's most dangerous industries.

Scotland
During 2009/10, three workers died while working in construction across Scotland, two during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities, and there were 1,124 injuries to construction workers.

North East
During 2009/10, there were 440 injuries as a result of construction activities in the North East, including one fatal injury.

North West
Unsafe construction sites are being targeted in a month-long inspection initiative after more than 1,000 workers were injured in the North West last year, and eight lost their lives.

Yorkshire
During 2009/10, more than 140 workers were seriously injured while working on refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities across North Yorkshire, compared with 833 injuries in Yorkshire & the Humber as a whole. In the same period one North Yorkshire worker was fatally injured while working at height, one of six deaths to be recorded in the region.

Wales
During 2009/10, 503 workers were injured and one worker died while working in construction across Wales. UK-wide, 42 workers died and nearly three quarters of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. Therefore, refurbishment will be the main focus of the latest Wales-wide inspections being carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in throughout February and March 2011.

West Midlands
During 2009/10, four workers died while working in construction across the West Midlands - and two of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. These will be the main focus of the latest inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

East Midlands
During 2009/10, four workers died while working in construction in the region and 645 were injured - 205 of these were major. Nearly three quarters of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. These will be the main focus of the latest inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

South West
During 2009/10, three workers died and 791 were injured while working in construction across the South West. Nationally 42 workers died; nearly three quarters of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. These will be the main focus of the latest inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

South East
During 2009/10 there were 99 injuries in East Sussex and seven workers died while working in construction across the South East, all of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. These will be the main focus of the latest inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

London
During 2009/10 there were 1,287 injuries and four workers died while working in construction across London, all of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. These will be the main focus of the latest inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

East of England
Between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, two men died in incidents involving construction work in the region and there were 749 serious injuries. County by county breakdown of these injuries is detailed below.

For full details visit the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk/press