TUC comment on Lord Young's review of safety

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Press release: 02 October 2010
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TUC comment on Lord Young's review of safety

TUC Health and Safety Officer Hugh Robertson said:

"The signs are that Lord Young's report will be seriously unbalanced.

"For sure silly things are sometimes done in the name of health and safety and the behaviour of some claims firms can be reprehensible.

"But the real health and safety scandal in the UK is the 20,000 people who die each year due to injury or diseases linked to their work.

"A serious review of health and safety would put far more emphasis on dealing with this avoidable death and suffering.

"Losing a loved one to an occupational disease is rather more serious than losing out on the chance to join a pancake race."

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