HSE chief construction inspector says firms must not skimp on safety to cut costs

The Health and Safety Executive's chief inspector of construction has warned influential industry figures they must come together to discuss health and safety issues in “these difficult economic times”.

Stephen Williams was speaking at a conference in Scotland organised by the Scottish Construction Forum.

Key players from the sector turned out to learn how their firms can contribute to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Poor safety practice
Poor safety practice must be tackled

The “Aiming High - Landing Safely” seminar highlighted health and safety best practice in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and how the lessons learned will help raise the bar for the Glasgow 2014 Games and beyond.

Williams said: “It is important to ensure that health and safety and training initiatives are not discarded as a short-term reaction to economic pressure. This is the time companies should be investing in health and safety, because those who do place value on good health and safety practices will reap the benefits.”