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HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

The Health and Safety Executive has appointed Peter Baker as its new chief inspector of construction to replace interim Philip White.

Mr Baker is currently head of HSE’s chemicals, explosives and microbiological hazards division.

He will take up the role on 1 April, replacing acting interim chief inspector Mr White.

Mr White stepped in to the role when Heather Bryant left HSE to join Balfour Beatty in September 2014.

He was previously in the chief inspector role for four years until Ms Bryant took over in 2013, and will now continue his role as head of HSE’s operational strategy division.

Mr Baker said he would work collaboratively with the construction industry to reduce ill health and injury.

“In particular, I want to ensure the industry responds in a sensible and proportionate manner to the revised CDM Regulations. 

“All changes bring challenges, and I want the industry to work together in focussing on the real health and safety risks to workers’ lives,” he said.

“I believe that industry leaders also have a critical role to play, and have seen in the major hazard sectors how vital clear and positive leadership is to achieving the effective management and control of risks,” Mr Baker added.

Mr White said: “I’m very pleased to be handing over to Peter whose extensive experience of managing high hazard industries for HSE stands him in excellent stead to provide leadership for an industry which despite its vast improvements, still has a lot to do.” 

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