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Cuts to Health and Safety Authority Budget Could Place Workers at Risk – O’Brien

19 November, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Job, Enterprise and Innovation Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has stated that cuts to the Health and Safety Authority Budget could place workers at risk.
The Cork North-Central TD made the comments in relation to the appearance today of Micheal Horgan, Chairperson of the Health and Safety Authority, before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Speaking following the meeting Deputy O’Brien said:
“Today the committee heard of the pressure facing the Health and Safety Authority following successive budget cuts. The authority will now conduct 1000 less inspections of workplaces. The Authority has lost essential skilled and experienced technical and these have not been replaced due to the moratorium on recruitment.
“I raised my concern that these cuts backs where placing workers at risk and believe that there is a need for the government to act to replace staff and to reinstate the 1000 workplace inspections lost due to cutbacks.”

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