A series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests made by the trade union Unite (https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2022/august/frightening-drop-in-construction-safety-inspections-exposed/) has highlighted a significant decline in the number of ‘proactive’ inspections that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made in the construction sector since 2013/14.
The Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent last Thursday (28 April) although many of its provisions will only come into force in a year to 18 months’ time to provide industry with sufficient time to prepare.
Advice from a competent person would probably have stopped a wall collapsing onto an eight-year-old child, which led to her having her big toe amputated, said the inspector from GB Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who investigated the case.
On 18 July 2017, a section of the rear wall of Citadel Church in Cardiff fell on scaffolder Jeff Plevey, instantly killing him. We spoke with the HSE’s lead investigator on this case to find out how such a tragic incident came about.