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HSE's Cambridge blitz stops work on almost every second site

Almost half of construction sites blitzed by the Health and Safety Executive in Cambridge this month were shut down for poor safety standards.

The HSE today revealed it had targeted 18 sites in Cambridge – seven of which were served prohibition notices.

Principal inspector for construction in Cambridgeshire Peter Galsworthy said: “Five sites were found to have serious health and safety issues - such risk to the workforce is unacceptable.”

One of the notices related to a potentially unsafe quick hitch on an excavator bucket – a common problem currently being tackled by a Strategic Forum working group.

Others related to work at height, silica dust and unsupported excavation.