A culture of secrecy and misinformation at the HSE is putting workers at risk says Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie
Ucatt will today warn a government inquiry into the Health and Safety Executive that a culture of "secrecy and misinformation" is endangering workers.
Alan Ritchie, Ucatt general secretary, will tell a Department for Work and Pensions select committee that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently blocked inquiries to obtain a figure for the current death toll of workers.
He will also accuse the HSE of distorting the figures on the number of people who took up voluntary guidance on director duties.
Ucatt is also concerned about HSE’s conviction databases, which it claims are inaccurate.
Alan Ritchie, said: “We have genuine concerns that affect workers safety. You do not make workers safer by distorting and hiding the truth. We have tried working constructively with the HSE but these issues are getting worse. The HSE should be our allies in making construction sites safer. However their obstructive attitude is allowing killer bosses to literally get away with murder.”