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Out of sight, out of mind


Can I say how pleasing it was to at last see someone highlighting the risks being taken too regularly by small contractors right under the noses of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). (NCE 29 November). I witnessed a similar event last week on Southwark Street, inches from the HSE offices on Southwark Bridge, and HSE inspectors must have passed this on the way to work.

Such occurrences are even more prevalent at the weekends when countless 'emergency' operations take place, often without the presence of a safety hat, a banksman or adequate traffic control.

I have tried to phone the HSE at the weekend, but all too often hear 'because of resources we could not have got an inspector there in time'.

I suspect that on major projects, the HSE does have ample time to visit. Meanwhile, the small contractors and the one-off operations are out of sight of the HSE. I question whether this is the best use of tax payers' money.

Allan J Chambers, ajs. chambers@tesco. net

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