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Respectable firms suffer as rogues snap up work

Sir,

I READ with interest about the case of the three men who were killed in the building collapse in Hull and about the demolition worker who died when returning to the site to sleep.

I am in the demolition industry myself and have worked for several companies. Some have a very high safety standard while others are unbelievable.

I phoned the Health and Safety Executive last year about an incident at one site. A high-reach demolition machine operator was undercutting a building, leaving a big overhang above him.

One of the labourers shouted at him to get out and moments afterwards the overhang came down on top of the machine.

It took until 5:30am the next day to get the machine dug out. It was quickly put on a low loader trailer and moved off site. The machine has remained hidden since the incident.

I phoned the HSE last year to report it but the call generated a lack of interest. What happened is common knowledge but no action was taken and I am not sure the HSE even visited the site.

Respectable firms are losing out on work where rogue companies are able to undercut prices because of unsafe methods to get the job done more quickly.

John Watson

Clydebank

Glasgow