In 2015/16 there were 9,219 construction site inspections. In 2016/17, this reduced to 7,912, following the trend of the previous 12 months’ 4% decrease.
The numbers were obtained by Unite, the UK’s principal construction union, through a freedom of information (FOI) request. The union has now written to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and David Gauke, the new work and pensions secretary with responsibility for the HSE, seeking meetings.
The HSE’s funding is set to be cut further, with its budget in 2020 set to be nearly half what it was in 2010. The union is also concerned that some safety legislation could be scrapped as part of future post-Brexit deregulation.
A regional breakdown also revealed marked differences in inspection activity with just one region, Scotland, recording an increase in the past 12 months.
East Midlands -26%
West Midlands -13%
“We also need answers from the HSE about whether they are taking steps to redress this fall in inspections and whether there are specific reasons for these reductions.”
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