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HSE CONSTRUCTION CHIEF INSPECTOR MOVES ON

New chief to focus on “real risks not needless process and paperwork”

HSE chief inspector of construction, Philip White, is moving on after four years in the post. Philip will head up the HSE operational strategy division overseeing regulation of key non-construction sectors e.g. waste and recycling, agriculture, and manufacturing. 

The post of chief inspector of construction involves heading an HSE division of 260 specialist inspectors, policy officials and support staff.

Mr White said: 

“It’s been a privilege to hold the post of chief inspector of construction for four years. During my time in the post I’ve had the pleasure of working with a huge range of different people. I am pleased to be handing over to Heather, who has extensive operational experience and a deep personal commitment to safety and health.”

Heather Bryant, who will take up post on 1 April 2013, joined HSE in 1987 and has worked as an inspector in a number of industries, including construction, agriculture, engineering and manufacturing. She is currently HSE’s divisional director responsible for the Southern field operations division, which covers London, South East and the East of England.

Heather Bryant said:

“Construction is one of Britain’s most important industries and employs a huge number of people. All of those people have a basic right to return home safe and well from their day’s work. To its credit, the sector has already been making good progress in reducing the number of people killed, injured or made unwell by its activities.

We must continue that momentum, working with others to be part of the solution. I am looking forward to working with the whole industry to ensure that progress continues and our regulations are properly focused on dealing with real risks, not needless process and paperwork.”

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