HSE plans to cut construction site visits by a third
Posted by Ben Alexander.
A leaked letter from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests the regulator is planning to reduce its unannounced inspection visits to construction sites by a third, which will be of interest to people looking to buy construction site signs.
The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) says the cut will lead to an increase in deaths and injuries in the workplace.
Obtained by the BBC's File on Four programme, the letter outlines plans put forward by the HSE's chief executive, Geoffrey Podger, in response to facing a 35 per cent cut to government funding.
Mr Podger wants to scale back on traditional face-to-face meetings, instead concentrating on web-based initiatives, the BBC said.
But three sectors – nuclear, offshore and chemical industries – will be protected from the planned funding cut.
Responding to the proposal, Alan Ritchie, general secretary of UCATT, said the cuts will be devastating.
"These cuts will kill," he said
"In construction large numbers of employers simply ignore safety laws. The only thing which compels them to keep workers safe is the fear of a knock on the door from the HSE. If you remove that deterrent deaths will increase."
The HSE said no final decision has been made.
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