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March 8, 2013

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New chief of construction for the HSE

The HSE has announced today, International Women’s Day, that its new chief inspector of construction is Heather Bryant.

As revealed by SHP on Twitter this morning, Ms Bryant takes over from current chief inspector Philip White, who leaves at the end of March after four years in the post.

Ms Bryant, who is currently the regulator’s divisional director for London, the East and South East, 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.”

Philip White, who is moving to another key division at the HSE, said: “It has 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 will lead a construction industry team that works diligently and with determination to ensure the health and safety of workers in this sector.”

The HSE’s chief inspector of construction heads a division of 260 specialist inspectors, policy officials and support staff.€

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