Dramatic increase in Building Sector health non-compliance
The UK’s largest construction safety group has reported a 42% rise in the number of ‘Hand Arm Vibration’ non-compliances in the past year.
The increase is based on over 20,000 independent inspections carried out by Building Safety Group in 2016.
The number of noise related non-compliances has also increased, with a 33% rise in the number of infringements recorded.
“Everyone controlling construction site work has ‘health’ and not just ‘safety’ responsibilities,” commented Paul Kimpton, Managing Director at the Building Safety Group.
“Checking that working conditions are healthy before work begins is essential for safeguarding against the too often devastating impact of illnesses related to Occupational Health. This of course requires careful planning and organisation beginning with the implementation of ‘Health Surveillance’ to monitor workers who are exposed to risks such as HAVS and Noise. So it is critical that companies regularly review their systems and procedures to ensure they are compliant with UK legislation and that their workforces are protected.”
Nimish Patel, a vibration injury expert at solicitors Roberts Jackson, comments on the needlessly high number of injuries occurring in the UK every year:
“Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is completely preventable but once a person has the symptoms, the condition is permanent. Considering it affects 2 million workers in the UK, it’s something both employees and employers should be more aware of.”
Roberts Jackson provides legal support and advice for workers who may have been affected by a breach in vibration and noise regulations leading to and illness or health condition. If you have been affected please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert team on 0800 001 4496 or request a call back today.