The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative from 17th June. This initiative will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks.
Priority is often given to safety but thousands more workers suffer ill-health at work than are harmed by at-work accidents. Asbestos and dust are ‘slow killers’. HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year.
The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these deaths with asbestos and silica the major causes. Construction businesses and workers need to be aware of how dangerous and hazardous such substances can be to someone’s health.
Dust is an issue within the construction industry and something our CDM consultants see regularly. We have experience in supporting our customers with pragmatic advice on how to control this during health and safety inspections or we can offer training/toolbox talks on site.
HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects know the risks, properly plan their work and use the right controls.