Second, Mr Hindmarsh refers to the role of officials in enforcing regulations. He means the role of the deputy, which he and his associates are trying to abolish altogether. The deputy has a unique function in British industrial safety development. He is in sole charge of the groups of men at the coal face. He has many statutory duties for safety which only he can perform. The manager has to see that he does these duties, but cannot interfere with the deputy's discretion in doing them. This is seen as an interference with management control. In fact it is a vital factor in preventing excessive risks in the drive for production.
Third, Mr Hindmarsh fails to refer to the context at Point of Ayr. The background is of on-and- off closures, with men being encouraged to save the pit by increased production. In this situation it would not be surprising if management, deputies and miners saw the advantage of short cuts.
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