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BUILDING sites are to be targeted in a crackdown on unsafe work places.

Health and Safety Executive inspectors will visit construction sites across Hampshire in the next four weeks in a bid to reduce death and injuries.

It comes after figures revealed seven workers in the south-east died and 241 in Hampshire were hurt while working on building sites last year.

All of the accidents happened while workers were carrying out refurbishment, repair works or maintenance activities.

Inspections will ensure that sites are safe and that risks posed by deadly asbestos are being properly managed.

Charles Gilby, principal inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, said: ‘A lax attitude to health and safety in one of the more dangerous industries is not acceptable, especially when many of the incidents are completely avoidable by taking common-sense actions and precautions.

‘As we’ve demonstrated in previous years, we will not hesitate to take action if we find poor practice.’