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One in five south Yorkshire sites shut down in blitz

Almost one in five construction sites in south Yorkshire have been slapped with a prohibition notice in the Health and Safety Executive’s most recent string of blitzes.

The regulator confirmed it had issued 22 enforcement notices against 18 sites in the region after inspectors visited a total of 104 schemes over a two-week period.

Only one of the matters warranted an improvement notice, with a total of 21 prohibition notices served, halting work on the sites.

HSE principal inspector David Redman, who led the inspections in south Yorkshire, said a significant number of the notices had referred to work at height.

He said: “This shows that contractors are still failing to plan and manage work of this nature.”

Mr Redman said another matter of concern was inappropriate asbestos surveys prior to demolition for refurbishment work.

He said the HSE would “continue to target refurbishment sites as a priority until standards are seen to improve”.