has rejected calls for tougher laws on corporate manslaughter following the
release of Health & Safety Executive figures that that show the number of
people killed at work increased by more than a third last year.
295 deaths in the workplace in the UK last year, an increase of 34 per cent on
the previous year. There were 220 fatalities in 1999-2000.
general secretary John Monks criticised employers’ approach to safety and
renewed calls for the introduction of a corporate killing law.
CIPD accepts that increase is a problem that needs to be addressed, it doesn’t
believe new legislation is the solution.
Diane Sinclair, employee relations manager of the CIPD,
said, “We believe that there should be a tougher application of the current
Health & Safety Act by the HSE. The law as it stands, already provides for
directors to go to prison and for unlimited fines against offenders.”