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HSE exposes bogus claims

A panel set up by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to expose bogus citations of health and safety ‘excuses’ has recorded 150 cases in its first year of operation, FM World reports.

HSE chair Judith Hackitt, who heads the team of HSE experts, called for those making daft decisions to own up to their real motives. She said: “We never cease to be amazed by the cases we consider…the reality is that people hide behind ‘health and safety’ when there are other reasons for what they’re doing – fear of being sued perhaps, or bad customer service…”

Employment Minister Mark Hoban, who holds the government portfolio for health and safety, said: "Health and safety is there to protect people from serious risks, not to be abused by jobsworths who stop people getting on with their lives."