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Bill Callaghan replies to the Guardian

The HSE accepts that risk is part of life. Banning ladders and firework displays are not in our remit, but safety at work is, says Bill Callaghan. Simon Jenkins’ article seriously misrepresented the work of the Health and Safety Executive (Those who walk under trees are at risk from these terrorising inspectors, November 17). He takes the HSE to task for investigating a tree-fall that killed a boy. He suggests that the owner of any fallen tree now risks being prosecuted as “neglectful”, and that this is an example of “a monster out of control”.

Read the full reply to the Guardian newspaper