MORE than 200 safety enforcement notices were issued to contractors in a safety blitz aiming to enforce manual handling rules and cement working legislation.
Health and Safety Executive inspectors issued 214 enforcement notices on contractors across the country during its Healthy Handling clampdown.
Of these, 112 were issued on manual handling, use of wet cement and hand-held vibrating equipment. The remaining notices mainly referred to the control of falls from height.
More than 1,170 construction projects were visited during March and inspectors in a further 244 cases agreed a voluntary cessation of work until conditions improved.
Inspectors found sites using cement without adequate washing facilities, heavy loads being handled unsafely and vibrating tools used without any knowledge of safe exposure levels.