Head of agriculture axed in HSE job cull

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has cut 205 staff including agriculture sector head of safety Alan Plom as a result of the Government's spending review.

Plom took voluntary early redundancy as the organisation cut its 3,584-strong staff, with the last leaving last month. Among those to go were 23 inspectors.

The HSE is awaiting next year's budget before making a decision on replacing Plom. Francis Hirst will now cover amenity for the HSE but the executive will not exhibit at Saltex after reducing its communications budget.

Walker said: "There will be a replacement but there is uncertainty about when." An HSE representative added: "We believe the changes will enable us carry out our role effectively while giving value for money to the taxpayer."

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