Cuts 'will result in fewer safety inspections'

Fewer safety inspections, which reduce the risk of accidents at work, could take place due to the budget cuts set to be announced in the Budget this month.

According to the British Safety Council, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is facing a 35 per cent reduction in its funding over the next four years.

"The budget cuts at HSE will have a profound effect on HSE's ability and capability to enforce health and safety law," said Neal Stone, director of policy and research at the British Safety Council.

He went on to say that inspections are time consuming and costly and so other means of ensuring that employers are complying with health and safety laws must be used.

His comments follow the publication of a piece by the BBC, which claimed the HSE was proposing to reduce unannounced workplace inspections by a third.

Last week, the HSE revealed that the majority of the 150 construction sites it visited in County Durham earlier this year had passed.

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