According to HR News, a recent study found some 67% of construction firms admit that they would fail, or ‘scrape through’ a formal HSE spot-check of their site. The reasons given include internal failings in recording and maintaining accurate, u-to-date health and safety compliance data.
As you may or may not be aware, The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires all construction companies to keep up-to-date records of all health and safety matters, from training and qualifications, through to equipment maintenance, site safety and incident reports, all of which must be readily available in the event of an HSE inspection.
A new study entitles ‘Reducing Risk in Construction’ by Safetybank found 35% of 2,000 construction companies admit to inaccurately recording health and safety compliance matters and 17 per cent still record and file health and safety data by hand. In addition, over 1 in 3 lack access to internal reports that remind staff what compliance documents are due for renewal, with some 36 per cent admitting that their business lacks a central system for storing and managing personal training and testing records.