One in four construction sites in Cumbria visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) failed their safety inspections last week, underlining the need for employers to do more to avoid work injuries and subsequent injury compensation claims.
Checks were carried out at 45 construction sites in the county over just two days, during which officials issued a total of 14 enforcement notices at 12 sites that required work to be stopped immediately or improvements to be made.
The authority will continue to make surprise visits to sites around the country and take enforcement action wherever necessary.
"HSE staff were also on hand in Cockermouth to give advice and support to construction workers following the recent floods," added HSE principal inspector for construction in Cumbria Mark Cottriall.
"I hope it will lead to the refurbishment projects being completed without injury."
It follows news that a company in Leicestershire has been fined after it failed to ensure the safety of three contactors on a seven-metre-high roof.