Nearly one in four construction sites on Merseyside failed safety checks in the first two days of a Health and Safety Executive crack down.
HSE inspectors found regulation breaches at 21 of the 88 sites they inspected on 14 and 15 February.
Several sites received more than on enforcement notice either stopping work or demanding improvements.
A total of 22 prohibition notices and 21 improvement notices were issued, with more than half relating to working at height.
The inspections are part of a month long initiative across the North-west after eight construction workers lost their lives between April 2009 and March 2010, and more than 1,000 people were injured.
Half of the deaths occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities, which are the main focus of the latest HSE inspections being carried out up until Friday 11 March.
Inspectors are making unannounced visits to sites to ensure that work at height is being managed safely, sites are in good order, and the risk of exposure to asbestos is being properly managed.
Principal inspector for construction Wayne Crumpton said: “Workers’ lives were potentially being put at risk on a quarter of sites we visited in just the first two days. That is a sobering statistic.
“Falls from height are one of the main causes of workplace deaths in the UK so it’s both disappointing and worrying that more than half of the enforcement notices we issued were because companies were found not to be taking this risk seriously enough.
“We will continue to visit small construction sites, where refurbishment work is taking place, during the rest of the initiative. The safety of workers must be a top priority and we will not hesitate to take action when necessary.”
The table lists the results of the two days of intensive inspections carried out in Merseyside on 14 and 15 February.
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