A third of construction companies in Derbyshire are risking being at the centre of work injury compensation claims as they have failed safety inspections.
Some 62 construction sites across Derby and Derbyshire were assessed by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) during two days in March.
A total of 18 enforcement notices were issued – 14 of which were for failings on sites in Derby and the rest were for health and safety breaches across Derbyshire.
Most of these notices were issued in regards to unsafe work being carried out at height and either required work to be stopped immediately or improvements to be made.
"Companies have a legal responsibility to protect the lives of workers and site safety should be paramount," said Nic Rigby, the HSE’s principal inspector of construction for Derbyshire.
Earlier this month, Lincoln College was fined GBP 1,500 after a window cleaner, who was working at height, was involved in an accident at work.
James Theaker, who was employed by A Nicoll & Son Ltd, suffered broken ribs and a serious back injury when he fell four metres while cleaning windows at the college.
Posted by Wayne Weir