Following an announcement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), starting today - for the next month - the HSE will be carrying out unannounced visits to construction sites across the country.

The visits will ensure that sites are managing work at height safely and that they are in good order, as well as checking that the risk of exposure to asbestos is properly managed. The visits are part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death and injury in the construction industry.

Construction companies will need to ensure that they comply with their health and safety obligations in readiness for any unannounced visit. This may include identifying and properly planning jobs that involve working at height and ensuring that asbestos surveys have been carried out prior to any refurbishment work.

For more information, please see the HSE press release.