Work and pensions secretary James Purnell has warned chief executives that good people management is vital to avoid disasters such as the Buncefield oil explosion.
“Having a well trained, fully committed workforce is vital,” he said. “They will know how to spot the warning signs, and how to prevent them becoming major incidents.”
Purnell added that high health and safety standards depended on strong leadership from the top of an organisation.
More than 200 people are killed at work in the UK each year, according to the HSE.