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Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the number of Health and Safety Executive inspectors covering the construction industry. (219337)

I have asked the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to maintain the number of inspectors including those covering the construction industry at not less than 1,283, taking account of the fluctuations as retirements and natural turnover occur. The precise number of inspectors for construction is being kept under review.

HSE can act as a stimulus—promoting best practice, influencing major contractors, architects and designers, and inspecting, investigating and, where necessary, enforcing the law on site. The main responsibility, however, for bringing about improvements in health and safety within the construction industry lies with the industry itself.