Government pressed to bring in new laws on worker safety

first_imgAn organisation that promotes worker and public safety wants new laws andmore resourcesThe Government is facing increasing pressure to bring in sweeping new lawsto crack down on employers who endanger their workers. This follows the launchof a coalition of unions, safety organisations and bereaved families tohighlight the issue. The Centre for Corporate Accountability – an organisation set up in 1999 topromote worker and public safety – has joined forces with a group of bereavedfamilies and the TUC. The coalition, the Campaign for Corporate Accountability, wants new laws tobe introduced and for the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities tobe given more resources. At the coalition’s launch in January, TUC general secretary John Monksunveiled a map of the UK showing where 1,500 workers had been killed in thepast five years, region by region. The two organisations and bereaved families are calling for legally bindingsafety duties to be imposed on individual company directors, a new law oncorporate killing and a substantial increase in the number of health and safetyinspectors. They want to see greater powers for union safety reps, higher fines and moreinnovative penalties for breaches of health and safety law. They also wantcourts to have the option of imprisoning company directors and managers, and atougher prosecution policy, particularly in relation to the conduct ofdirectors. David Bergman, executive director of the CCA, said: “Significantreforms in law and policy are necessary to ensure dangerous companies are madesafe and those companies and directors who negligently or recklessly causedeath, injury or disease or who place others at unacceptable risks, are held toaccount.” Monks added: “Unions and employers working in partnership can do somuch more than the law requires. We don’t want anyone to get away with doingless, because that would mean more deaths, injuries and illnesses.” The Government has said it intends to create a new offence on corporatekilling, and may even extend this to making company bosses personally liablefor management failings that lead to deaths in the workplace. But a lack of Parliamentary time has so far held up any moves towardsdrawing up legislation. www.tuc.org.uk Government pressed to bring in new laws on worker safetyOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more