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HSE to conduct North-west CDM blitz

A blitz targeting CDM shortcomings across the sector will be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive over the next few weeks.

The safety regulator’s construction division will be carrying out spot checks on sites in the north west to assess how the industry has changed its planning and co-ordination procedures in light of the regulations.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations came into force in April 2007, but companies were given a 12-month grace period for planning supervisors to update their skills.

It is unknown exactly how many sites will be targeted.

HSE construction inspector Dave Charnock said: "HSE will work with the CDM co-ordinator profession to ensure that their role is robust and effective in ensuring safe design, adequate planning and in challenging unhelpful bureaucracy.

"The inspection visits will focus particularly on refurbishment projects, and the management of risks associated with work at height, asbestos and also those hazards with the potential to cause multiple injuries such as fire and structural collapse."

The HSE said it would also meet with clients and CDM co-ordinators to look at ways better project planning can improve safety in the sector.