Prohibition notices were issued on a site in Sunderland and electrical safety at a site in Easington, stopping work immediately, following random spot checks by the Health and Safety Executive.
A total of 14 contractors refurbishment sites in Sunderland and Durham had an unannounced visit from the HSE last week, with working at height and good site order the focus of the inspections.
HM inspector of health and safety, Michael Brown, said: “Our inspectors were pleased to see a number of examples of good practice at refurbishment sites and would encourage those who demonstrated high safety standards to continue to ensure the lives of workers are protected.
“However there were two occasions when we had to issue prohibition notices on site. These related to working at height at a site in Sunderland and electrical safety at a site in Easington.
“We will not tolerate poor standards and will take appropriate enforcement action proactively as well as when an accident occurs.”
Last year 77 workers died in the construction industry in the UK and over half of these were in the refurbishment sector, where the number of deaths rose by 61per cent. Spot checks will continue in the North East this month.