Health and safety workers back tougher corporate negligence laws

The health and safety sector believes directors should be responsible for corporate negligence, according to a new report.

More than nine out of 10 health and safety professionals (93 per cent) polled by Croner Consulting said tougher laws should be in place to make bosses personally responsible for occupational safety mistakes.

Roy Thornley, author of the Corporate Manslaughter report, said directors were still too complacent over their health and safety responsibilities.

“Society is fast becoming less tolerant of employers who ignore a person’s right to have their health and safety protected from the risks associated with corporate activity,” he said.

“This is reflected in the pressure from unions and the public for a Bill to be passed to make companies and individual company officers more accountable.”

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