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Unite calls for more inspectors

The union Unite has said the Health & Safety Executive needs to recruit more inspectors to ensure the welfare of constructions workers.

The news comes on the back of an announcement that the HSE has recruited 40 more inspectors – ten are dedicated to the construction industry.

Unite national officer Bob Blackman said: “This is a positive step to protect workers' health and safety but the HSE needs more inspectors.

“There must also be a change in enforcement with legally binding health and safety duties on senior managers and company directors as we believe only then will companies take health and safety seriously."

There are now 134 dedicated construction inspectors working for the HSE out of a total of 720.

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