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HSE sets up Olympics safety taskforce

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OLYMPIC GAMES related emergency planning, transport safety and general planning issues are to be tackled by a special Health & Safety Executive (HSE) taskforce, the body's chief executive said this week.

New HSE chief executive Stephen Williams said that a senior manager had already been appointed.

The 20-strong team will be built up as Olympic projects get under way. Staff will be recruited to the Olympic team from other projects on which the HSE has a permanent presence.

These include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, which will be winding down as the Olympic construction programme gathers pace.

Williams added: 'We're looking at whether we need to strengthen our London resource.'

This would be achieved by drawing in staff from other parts of the country.

Williams said he did not nticipate that the HSE would need extra funding from the government.

Williams moved last week into the chief inspector of construction post vacated by Kevin Myers on 20 May.

He was previously HSE's head of rail policy.

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