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HSE officers are too thin on the ground


I WAS interested to read your article about Health & Safety Executive inspectors.

Recently, I witnessed malpractices on a site, which could easily have resulted in a fatality.

I rang the HSE department at Newcastle-under-Lyme, about two miles from the incident, but all they did was to make a telephone call to the site manager who, naturally, said all the necessary safety measures and method statements were in place.

I later discovered that only three officers were on duty that day for the entire Midland region, which stretches from Bristol to Leeds, and includes Wales.

It is no wonder so many serious accidents happen each year.

Employers know they will avoid detection for malpractice when HSE resources are so thinly spread.

P Taylor