HSE 'able to maintain construction safety standards'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has the resources it needs in order to effectively regulate the construction industry, it has been claimed.

Dave Mitchell, technical director of the Home Builders' Federation, said that the federation is "working closely" with the HSE to "deliver significant improvements to workplace safety".

His comments came in response to a report published by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee which claimed that the HSE is unable to effectively uphold health and safety in the construction industry.

According to the committee's report, the construction industry in the UK is the country's biggest industry and has the highest number of workplace deaths, with 32 per cent of all deaths at work occurring in this sector.

It also found that the number of front-line inspectors of the construction industry had been reduced from 134 in 2005-06 to 124 in 2006-07.

International Workers Memorial Day was held on April 28th in order to remember those who have died in the workplace.

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