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52 building sites were shut down after inspection in Western Norway

Building Construction Compliance agreementsBuilding Site. Photo: Norway Today Media

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The Labor Inspectorate conducted over 200 inspections of construction sites in Western Norway in September. 52 ended with a decision to shut down, and 100 with an order for improvement.

The Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority focused on work at the height and proper use of saws when 212 inspections were carried out on over a hundred construction sites in Western Norway in September, writes Bergens Tidende.

Among the discoveries were workers who worked on roofs without security, workers on scaffolding that was not secured properly or well enough, and lack of protective equipment at construction sites.

“When we stop work, it is because there is a danger to life and health. It is quite serious,” says supervisor Marita Scott of the Labor Inspectorate Western Norway to the newspaper.

Scott says the purpose of the action is to prevent accidents by conducting checks and providing responses in the form of orders and fees.

The Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority has had the opportunity to provide violation fees since 2014. This means that a breach of the Working Environment Act may result in a fee of almost one and a half million, BT writes.

The major inspection from September has led the Labor Inspectorate to create 41 cases to be considered for serious violations.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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