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The Journal article "Prudhoe swimming pool banned from using floats"

David Snowball responds

Sir,

Your article "Prudhoe swimming pool banned from using floats" 5 November 08 was wrong to scapegoat health and safety legislation as the alleged reason to stop handing out floats at swimming pools. There is no relevant requirement and although HSE pointed this out to your journalist when asked, the article made no mention of it.

In the week after the Health and Safety Executive published the latest occupational health and safety statistics that show the North East has the highest rate of self-reported employment-related ill health in the country, and where seven employees lost their lives at work in 2007/8, our attention is, however, focused on far more important matters.

Last month your newspaper reported a prosecution resulting in a fine of £40,000 of a local authority after a member of the public was killed by a reversing refuse truck. An inquest has recently closed following the tragic death of man after a gas cylinder exploded in Wolsingham. We have also launched a new campaign to draw attention to the continuing risks to tradesmen from asbestos in buildings.

We are involved in serious work - protecting people from the risks arising from work activities and we have neither the time nor the inclination to be distracted by the trivia depicted in your article.

Yours faithfully

David Snowball
Regional Director
HSE Yorkshire and the North East

Updated 2009-04-27