RoSPA awards veteran law academic

The work of a veteran occupational health, safety and environmental law academic has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Professor Frank Wright, professor of law at the University of Warwick, was presented with a RoSPA distinguished service award in May. He is the author of more than 150 papers and has served as the government’s adviser before the European Court of Justice in relation to the transposition of EU health and safety directives into UK law.

Wright also contributed to guidance on directors’ health and safety responsibilities, which was published last year by the Institute of Directors and the Health and Safety Commission.

RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey said: “Professor Wright’s quiet but powerful influence has done much to help ensure the continuing evolution of a sound structure of health and safety law, fit for the 21st century.”

In a separate development, RoSPA last month ran a series of seminars in Scotland highlighting work-related road safety. It is estimated that about 100 people a year die on Scotland’s roads while driving for work-related purposes, a figure that is roughly three times higher than the number of reported accidental deaths occurring in Scottish workplaces.

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