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Inspectors blitz hand kerb lifting

SAFETY inspectors will be cracking down on contractors still lifting kerbstones by hand this month.

The checks are part of a manual handling inspection blitz and follow the launch last week of new guidance for kerb layers.

The industry was given a January deadline to end lifting by hand and replace it with machine laying techniques.

Health and Safety Executive inspectors will be swooping on sites throughout March to check the new rules are being followed.

Mowlem director and Civil Engineering Contractors Association safety chairman Alan Muddiman said: 'The industry has responded well to this issue and manual handling of kerbs is well on its way to being eliminated.'