Teesside building sites face safety checks

Workers on scaffolding
Image caption Last year 80 people were injured on building sites on Teesside

Building sites on Teesside are to get unannounced safety inspections in a bid to try to reduce industrial accidents.

Last year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said there were 78 injuries on Teesside sites.

To try to reduce the number, its inspectors are to carry out on-the-spot checks in Middlesbrough over the next two weeks.

The inspectors will be ensuring that builders working up a height are safe. The visits will begin on Monday.

Rob Hirst, the HSE's principal inspector of construction, said: "This is the fifth year that we have run the inspection and we anticipate that that there will be examples of both good and bad practice.

"Those where employers are taking all the measures they can to protect their workers and those where safety is way down the list of priorities.

"We will also be checking that, where appropriate, asbestos surveys have been carried out prior to any refurbishment work."

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