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IPAF CALLS FOR GOVT REVIEW OVER HSE INDOLENCE

Regulator response to M25 fatal cherry picker collapse criticised

The IPAF – International Powered Access Federation – CEO and Managing Director, Tim Whiteman has written to Ms Esther McVey (Minister of State for Employment with responsibility for the HSE) asking her to review urgently the time taken by HSE to respond to a fatal accident involving a MEWP in June 2013.

Mr Whiteman expresses the extreme concern of IPAF’s UK Council over the delay taken by the HSE in reporting any information regarding the accident and the potentially negative effect this could have on “the industry that prides itself on the highest safety standards and professionalism in order to ensure that people working at height remain safe”.

Mr Whiteman is asking the Minister to review why it is taking so long for any information about this incident to be released and to institute measures to ensure that preliminary information about fatal accidents be released in a timely fashion to ensure that lessons can be learned and appropriate measures taken. He said:

“It is now five months since the fatal accident took place and no information or data has been released to the industry.

This delay is not acceptable; it leads to confusion and concern in the industry and can even lead to people considering the use of alternative, less safe methods of performing temporary work at height.

IPAF members and staff represent an enormous pool of industry knowledge and expertise. They stand ready to assist in any way possible to ensure that appropriate resources and skills are available for such investigations.”

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