No Falls Foundation appoints first health & safety advisor

The No Falls Foundation, which is the only UK charity that focuses exclusively on the working at height sector, has announced the appointment of their first Health & Safety Advisor, Ray Cooke.

Ray has recently retired from a 35-year career from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), where he joined the HSE straight from university as a trainee inspector in 1985.

Ray enjoyed a long, successful career in ever increasingly senior positions at the HSE including; working as HM Principal Inspector and Head of the Construction Sector Regulatory Support Team in the Building Safety and Construction Division.

In addition since 2014 Ray ‘has headed the HSE’s Regulatory Support Team helping and supporting inspectors and industry at large with guidance designed to ensure compliance with the law, including responsibility for HSE’s Working Well Together (WWT) campaign.’

Ray has now ‘kindly agreed to serve as the No Falls Foundation’s first Health & Safety Advisor.’

“At the Foundation he will initially focus on securing support for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2019 inquiry report of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height, in particular the need for enhanced RIDDOR reporting and the appointment of an independent body for the confidential reporting of near misses.”

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Ray said:

“I have spent my entire career helping keep people safe at work. By accepting this post I hope to apply my experience and expertise, not just on a local and regional level, but nationally to help reduce injuries and fatalities in the work at height sector.”

Peter Bennett, chair of trustees added:

“We are naturally delighted to have Ray as the Foundation’s first Health & Safety Advisor. His enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to height safety will undoubtedly prove invaluable to the future work of the charity”.