Liability / Corporate Responsibility

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In 2012, average annual pay of Britain's top bosses was £4.8 million. The average fine for workplace safety offences was £19,923. Do the maths. Small fines alone are not an adequate deterrent for Britain's workplace safety criminals.

The vast majority all the workplace deaths and serious injuries are preventable and due to management failures. When employers fail to identify hazards, assess risks and develop safe systems of work putting people at risk of death, debilitating illness or serious injury, they should be held to account.

Real corporate accountability requires employers be committed to protecting the health of their workforce, not just the wealth of their directors and shareholders.

In order to achieve this, trade unions and the TUC have called upon the government to get businesses and undertakings held accountable for the corporate killing, maiming and making people ill, devastating families and costing the whole country billions upon billions yearly.

If you hurt people in the workplace it should be treated with the same seriousness as incidents outside the workplace. TUC wants a corporate killing law to ensure the most deadly employers are brought to account.

Trade unions want a new general duty on directors, under the Health and Safety at Work Act, backed up with an Approved Code of Practice which spells out exactly what directors should do. This new duty would be the biggest driver yet in changing boardroom attitudes towards health and safety.
20 January 2014
The number of local authority (LA) proactive safety inspections of high risk 'category A' premises has fallen 44 per cent, according to new figures.
08 February 2013
Surprise visits by health inspectors are helping hospitals win the war against superbugs, according to Scotland's NHS bug-buster.
08 February 2013
A company has been fined nearly £500,000 over the death of a maintenance worker who fell more than 40ft (12m) from a factory roof in Greater Manchester.
27 July 2012
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed its delayed cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will now start on 1 October 2012.
06 July 2012
Commenting on the government-commissioned review of civil litigation funding and costs published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
29 March 2011
The more people harmed by a corporation's negligence, the lower the court penalty is likely to be, US researchers have found.
08 October 2010
The more people harmed by a corporation's negligence, the lower the court penalty is likely to be, US researchers have found.
08 October 2010
A company convicted of workplace safety crimes after a fatal gas blast sent a fireball through its premises has been fined just £2
13 June 2008
The trades union-backed health and safety magazine Hazards is stepping up the pressure on deadly bosses with the launch of new ‘deadly business' web resources
30 May 2008

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