A story on page 4 of The Herald newspaper today (it is not online), which led to this editorial comment in the same edition, did not include HSE’s comment in full. For the record, HSE said:
“We recognise the concerns of STUC that despite having one of the best health and safety performances in the world people are still being harmed at work through failures to control and manage risk. However Scotland is not lagging behind the rest of Britain.
“Injury rates have little to do with geography and more to do with the occupations and industries people work in. For fatal and major injuries combined, Scotland is in line with most English regions. Additionally, work related ill-health rates in Scotland are statistically significantly lower than average.
“”The number of cases submitted by HSE to COPFS reflects the frequency of the incidents that meet our enforcement criteria. As it happens, this year’s statistics show Scotland has the highest comparative annual increase in prosecutions, higher than any English region.
“Working under tighter financial controls as applied across the public sector, HSE has continued to deliver its core regulatory functions, including in Scotland. It delivers a targeted, programme of proactive inspections and other interventions in major hazard industries and those businesses and sectors which represent higher risks to the safety and health of workers.”