Unsafe practices on Cheshire building sites  are being targeted in a campaign to reduce death and serious injury.

HSE inspectors will make random checks on sites across South Cheshire during a two-month crackdown.

It comes as latest figures show there were 41 serious injuries on construction sites in the county in 2011-12.

They will make unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activities like working at height.

They will also assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable personal protective equipment like headgear is being used properly.

Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

Neil Jamieson, HSE principal inspector for construction in Cheshire, said: “Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents.

“It is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark. Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are unacceptable.

“In many cases, simple changes to working practices can make all the difference and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”

Further information about working safely in the construction industry can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction

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