Workers’ lives at risk after shock slash in health and safety inspectors

Workers’ lives at risk after shock slash in health and safety inspectors

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Unite is warning that workers’ lives are being placed at risk due to the cut in the number of frontline health and safety inspectors.

Figures obtained by Unite, via a Freedom of Information request, reveal that since 2010 there has been a 25 per cent reduction in the number of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors. In 2010 there were 1,311 frontline inspectors and by December 31, 2016 that number had reduced to just 980.

Unite has released the figures just before International Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday (April 28) to highlight the increasing lack of enforcement and safety protection in the workplace.

The cut in inspectors follows Unite’s revelation earlier this week, also acquired via an FOI that it takes three years four months on average from a fatal workplace accident until those responsible are brought to justice.

The HSE has been in the frontline of the Conservative’s obsession with cutting so called ‘red tape’. The organisation will see its funding cut by the end of this parliament to nearly half (a 46 per cent reduction) of what it was in 2010 and a series of safety laws have also been scrapped.

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