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HSE 'weeks away' from hiring boss

A REPLACEMENT for outgoing Health and Safety Executive chief inspector of construction Kevin Myers is some weeks away as the job has not been advertised yet.

An HSE spokeswoman confirmed the post, which has a ranking of grade 1 in the civil service, is still to be marketed internally within the HSE.Mr Myers leaves on May 23 to take up a new role at the organisation as director of hazardous installations.

The regional head of construction for Wales, the Midlands and south-west, Rosi Edwards, who is based in Birmingham, will carry out the role on a temporary basis.

The HSE spokeswoman added: 'There are five regional managers in construction and the job will also be open to others who are in the right grade band.'

Speculation as to who might take over from Mr Myers continued this week. A number of industry figures are predicting the HSE will turn to someone outside the construction sector.