AS A SITE agent, I wish to take exception to AW Wilkinson's comments that 'on most sites... agents seem to turn a blind eye to just about everything except hard hats' (Letters, March 23).
We have numerous responsibilities to our clients, contract managers, directors and the like. But our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our site workforce.
Any agent will confirm that without a motivated and happy workforce his contract becomes a battlefield, as if satisfying the client and/or management wasn't enough!
It is a privilege to work with many tradesmen. I have found most to be professional, provide a quality product, take pride in their work and be as committed to health and safety issues as any within our industry.
What I find most soul destroying is the constant battle with a minority who appear to disregard any and all reasonable requests made and/or legislation enforced by the site management.
Why does Mr Wilkinson take such issue with the wearing of hard hats? We all know that we must wear them! Has he been constantly reminded to wear his?
On site, it is the duty of every-one to report any unsafe practices and/or situations.
Agents are on a site, but they cannot be everywhere!
Any agent will act to health and safety comments raised by his workforce.
Lads, don't just moan about it, let the management know.
If you want a risk assessment, go and get it. All sites will have copies. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 tells us to record them.
If you don't get a reasonable response, you know who the company is - call the agent's boss. Or if you feel it is serious enough, call the HSE. But don't ignore it - do something.
It's not just agents who must be responsible; under the Health and Safety at Work Act, we all have duties of look out for others.
In return all we ask is that you abide by the site rules and procedures and talk to us.
Nobody should rely on a visit by the HSE, announced or unannounced, to address health and safety issues.