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New construction chief inspector for HSE

HSE has announced the appointment of Peter Baker as head of construction. HSE announces the appointment of a new chief inspector of construction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today announced the appointment of Peter Baker as the new chief inspector of construction.

Currently Head of Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, Peter will start his new role on 1st April 2015.

Peter will replace Philip White, who has been acting as interim chief since Heather Bryant left in September of last year. Come April Philip will continue in his role as the HSE Head of Operation Strategy Division.

Construction is a major focus of the HSE as the industry employs over two million people. Despite vast improvements in the industry over the past few years, it still remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in Britain. As chief inspector of construction, Peter will be hugely influential in working with and encouraging the push for top health and safety standards in the industry. 

Commenting on his appointment Peter said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the chief inspector of construction, and I am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the whole of the construction industry to continue the progress it has made in reducing ill health and injury in recent years.

“In particular, I want to ensure the industry responds in a sensible and proportionate manner to the revised CDM Regulations.  All changes bring challenges, and I want the industry to work together in focussing on the real health and safety risks to workers’ lives;

“I believe that industry leaders also have a critical role to play, and have seen in the major hazard sectors how vital clear and positive leadership is to achieving the effective management and control of risks.”

Philip aslo commented on his handover of the role, saying: “I’m very pleased to be handing over to Peter whose extensive experience of managing high hazard industries for HSE stands him in excellent stead to provide leadership for an industry which despite its vast improvements, still has a lot to do. 

“Peter will also take over a dedicated and hard-working team within HSE, committed to driving improved health and safety outcomes in the industry”