HSE cuts ‘could put construction workers at risk’

imagesPeople working in the construction industry could be at risk of injury as a result of cuts to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

During the Spending Review it was announced that the funding to the HSE will be reduced by 35 per cent, something that the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has stated will put lives at risk.

Alan Ritchie, general secretary of UCATT, said: “Any cuts in frontline services will inevitably lead to a greater number of workers being killed or injured at work.

“Sadly, the risks are greatest in safety critical industries such as construction.”

The announcement of the cuts comes just days after Lord Young’s report into health and safety which recommended that there should be no changes to the safety laws in place for dangerous industries.

Approval of the report had also been given by the HSE, which stated that it agreed with the creation of the Occupational Safety Consultants Register.

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