HSE Recent Enforcement Activity

A round up of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector and links to relevant advice. 

Fragile roofs

21/09/16: Somerset manufacturer prosecuted for workers death

Further information

Free leaflet – Fragile roofs

Busy Builder leaflet –Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a busy builder, contractor or maintenance worker

Busy Builder leaflet – Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a building owner, user or managing agent 


Roofwork/Working at height

30/08/16: Conservatory roof manufacturer fined after workers fall

01/09/16: Construction firm in court after worker fractures spine in roof fall

16/09/16: Two scaffolders receive suspended prison sentence following workers death 

Further information

Busy Builder leaflet – Construction Phase Plan

Construction Safety Topic – Assessing all work at height

Construction Safety Topic – Working at height


Traffic management on site

16/09/16: Construction company fined £800,000 after worker injured 

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Traffic management on site


HSE construction inspectors will be carrying out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

This year the Initiative is being undertaken as a series of two week inspections across the country, beginning 3 October 2016 ending 4 November 2016.

During this period inspectors will ensure high-risk activities, particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed.

These include


Where serious breaches of legislation are found then immediate enforcement action will be taken, but inspectors will also be taking steps to secure a positive change in behaviour to ensure on-going compliance.

Health and safety breaches with clients and designers will also be followed up to reinforce their duties under CDM 2015 and to ensure that all dutyholders with on site health and safety responsibilities understand and fulfil these.

Follow the SaferSites Facebook page to see what inspectors find on site and keep updated throughout the initiative.