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Report health and safety issues on building sites

06 July, 2018

• THANK you Westminster Extra for highlighting on your June 22 front page the possibility of workers sleeping on site in St John’s Wood where the Health and Safety Executive issued a prohibition notice after checking up there, (Renovation halted at estate where ‘workers sleep overnight’).

Having seen many other cases, I suspect the issue of construction workers living on their building site is more widespread than is acknowledged, particularly in London, and legal action needs to be taken by the authorities to stop the problem increasing.

So if you see something on a building site that you think is breaking health and safety law and is likely to cause serious harm, you can report it.

The quickest way to report a problem is to use the Health and Safety Executive online form and when you submit it you will get an acknowledgement.

If you can’t use the form you can phone them on 0300 0031647 and they will fill in the form with you. The lines are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm (on Wednesdays the HSE are open from 10am to 5pm).

So keep your eyes peeled on this front, and report it. We do not want construction workers sleeping on building sites, as in others parts of the world, and go backwards on hard-won health and safety laws.

MURAD QURESHI
@MuradQureshiLDN
www.muradqureshi.com

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