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Stop Brown’s cuts at the HSE

Issue No. 2067

Two of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) four Scottish offices are earmarked for closure, with others also under threat.

Across the HSE all recruitment has been frozen, training has been slashed and offices are closing. The agency is also planning a 5 percent budget cut each year for the next three years.

The HSE has lost 17 percent of its staff since 2002.

Roughly 11 times as many people are killed at work, or as a result of their work, each year than die through murder or manslaugher.

Some 39,000 major work place injuries require hospital treatment each year, compared to 18,000 violent crimes.

There are more traffic wardens in London than frontline inspectors in the whole of the HSE’s field operations division.

It is time for the TUC to launch a campaign of concerted action across the unions to reverse the cuts in the HSE’s funding – and to reassert the need to bring employers to book for failing to look after their employees’ health and safety.

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