CONSTRUCTION sites across Halton are being targeted to cut down on the number of deaths and injuries caused by unsafe practices.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive will make unannounced visits to check that the correct procedures are in place, such as protective equipment being for employees working at height.

During 2011/12, 41 workers were seriously injured while working in construction in Cheshire. Nationally there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

Neil Jamieson, HSE Principal Inspector for Construction in Cheshire, said:“Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark. Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities are unacceptable.

“In many cases, simple changes to working practices can make all the difference and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

“We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised.”