It is sad that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is preparing to prosecute Railtrack for leaving materials, on its property, ready for when it wants to use them, lest someone commit a 'malicious act' in the meantime (NCE last week).
The HSE has become paranoid in the face of media and political attention over its failures to properly deal with the railways in recent years.
But it will not get back credibility by going to the other extreme and bringing such cases.
One would have thought there was a long list of more important issues the HSE could effectively use its time on - setting up CROSS perhaps? I hope to be proved wrong next week with news of improvement orders served on every builder in the country for leaving materials where malicious people may get to them.
Mike Honeyman (G) mjhoneyman@cs. com