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Role of HSE questioned by trade union

20 September 2016

UCATT has questioned the role of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in preventing accidents at work following the results of research carried out by the TUC were published.

This revealed that 80% of British construction sites have never received a visit by the HSE.

UCATT acting general secretary Brian Rye described the survey's result as "astonishing".

"What is the point of the HSE if they don't inspect?," he asked.

"UCATT health and safety reps, shop stewards and convenors spend their working lives trying to protect British construction workers, the very least we could expect from our government is some support," said Mr Rye.

He further stated that the lack of inspections will allow "unscrupulous employers" to neglect safety measures to save money.

"This Tory government's wilful neglect of the British worker is tantamount to creating a wild ,
west in the workplace," he continued.

Stating that this will lead to more injuries and possibly lost lives, Mr Rye described the situation as "utterly shameful".

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