On Friday, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) confirmed that the first half of this year saw approximately 2,177 health and safety inspections carried out by health and safety officers.
They later confirmed in the statement that those inspections were then followed up by around 400 private meetings with people responsible for safety and health at the office or workplace in order to discuss and evaluate these inspections.
Between January and June, a number of workplaces – 357 to be exact – were given notices as to what needs improvement and how to address any problem which might arise regarding health and safety.
253 entities or people were given administrative fines for breaking or breaching any health or safety rules that a workplace must follow. Put together, these fines came up to a total of around €100,000.
Work was immediately stopped at 403 workplaces due to there being an urgent safety concern or dangers which were considered serious enough to lead to death.
The most common issues found by health and safety officers were precautions to prevent falls from heights, clients not going through with project supervisors orders or suggestions, and a lack of project supervisors on site.