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Unstable site hoarding on unattended site

Report ID: 413 Published: 1 January 2014 Region: CROSS-UK

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The reporter is aware of unsafe hoarding that surrounds a partially developed site that has been left unattended following the economic downturn.

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  • If you notice a potential safety issue not during the course of your work, consider reporting it to the owner

  • If the owner is not known, then the appropriate regulator could be informed

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The reporter is aware of a site which was partially developed before the economic downturn but has been unattended since. It consists of a deep open basement with a site hoarding around the perimeter. The hoarding, observed in passing, and positioned at the edge of the excavation, is looking unstable, suffering from general deterioration, and is leaning backwards in places.

Bearing in mind the safety-critical nature of hoardings, and recent tragic fatalities allegedly attributable to hoarding failure, this was considered to be of sufficient concern to be reported to building control.

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