Nearly 40 sectors exempt from health and safety
Posted by Ben Alexander
Almost 40 employment sectors are exempt from surprise health and safety inspections, it has been revealed.
A Freedom of information request from Stirling University found that at least 37 sectors are not subject to unannounced checks from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors.
As well as this, the figures suggested that 53 per cent of workplace fatalities occurred in sectors where there were no inspections.
Professor Rory O’Neill, from Stirling University, who made the request, said: "Whether your job is making people better or making plastics, don't expect a government safety inspector to call.
"The majority of workplace deaths now occur in sectors officially excused from unannounced inspections by the safety regulator."
Recently, Terry Baker, chief executive of the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), highlighted the threat of asbestos exposure to businesses.
Speaking to Link2Portal.com, Mr Baker explained that misconceptions continue to lead to ongoing deaths because of people unknowingly working with the substance.
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