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HSE/WWT Busy Builder leaflets

The HSE/WWT busy builder leaflets provide useful information on a number of issues topics and activities relevant to the small builder.


A small builder is a contractor (including sub-contractor and the self-employed) who typically works on domestic projects  such as extensions, repairs and refurbishment work on the homes of domestic clients  where they usually have the sole responsibility for site health and safety and on small commercial projects involving short duration repairs and refurbishment work (with 15 or fewer people on site) for business commercial clients where site health and safety responsibilities are shared between the small builder and the commercial client.


Small builders are those at most risk of injury and ill health on construction sites and suffer the majority of construction fatal accidents each year. Most of these deaths are the result of falls from height including: ladders, scaffolds, working platforms, roof edges, as well as falls through fragile roofs or roof lights.

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