LETTER: Health & Safety Executive not to blame for Waddington Fair cancellation

In response to the letter “Event benefited so many – why axe it?” (February 10th), I want to make it very clear the Health and Safety Executive was not involved in the decision to cancel Waddington May Fair.

Health and safety is often used as a convenient catch-all phrase when decisions are made to cancel events or stop activities. However, the facts behind such decisions may not be fully explained.

HSE staff spend their time investigating and preventing serious workplace incidents, which were responsible for the deaths of 152 workers in the UK last year alone. Many more workers suffer life-changing injuries each year, while thousands develop serious health problems.

We hope that with continued education, organisations and businesses will come to develop a more commonsense attitude to risks and what needs to be done to mitigate them.

MICHAEL MULLEN,

HSE Inspector,

Lancashire