Many heavy industries exempt from surprise health and safety visits More than half of workplace fatalities in unchecked sectors, finds academic Nearly 40 employment 'sectors' are immune from unannounced health and safety inspections, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. The information request made by Professor Rory O'Neill, from Stirling University, showed that at least 37 sectors are not subject to surprise checks from Health and Safety Executive HSE inspectors. More worryingly, the figures he obtained suggest that 53 per cent of workplace fatalities happened in uninspected sectors, which include heavy industries such as agriculture, glass and glazing and electricity generation see full list below. Sectors have been excluded from inspection on government instruction, which means that the HSE has designated many industrial sectors exempt.O'Neill said: "Whether your job is making people better or making plastics, dont expect a government safety inspector to call. "The majority of workplace deaths now occur in sectors officially excused from unannounced inspections by the safety regulator. "On UK government orders the HSE has designated most industrial sectors, from farms to footwear, either too safe for them to bother, or just not worth the effort even if they are shockingly dangerous."However, a Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: "Its right to target health and safety inspections where they will have most impact and risks are high, but that doesnt mean other sectors of the economy are ignored. " Every business continues to have a legal responsibility to protect its workers and anyone affected by its activities."In the past too many unnecessary inspections were carried out on businesses. Our approach gets the balance right."Professor O'Neill outlined his conclusions in his report Low life: How the government has put a low price on your life. If you take one of CourseMonsters Health and Saftey Courses, whether the inspector turns up or not you will know how to practice good health and saftey inthe workplace. Please see our website for more information and courses you can take! Health and Safety Training Read full storey at