Government's Safety Strategy "in no-one's interests"

TUCCommenting on the launch of the government strategy for the future regulation of health and safety, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

"Employers need to know that there is the possibility of a safety inspector visiting, otherwise there will be no incentive for them to ensure they are protecting their workers.

"Removing proactive inspections from a large number of workplaces mean that employers can get away with ignoring the law until they kill or seriously injure someone. This is in no-one's interests and will mean an increase in deaths and injuries, leading to a rush to the bottom as cowboy companies undercut responsible employers by cutting back on safety.

We would agree with Brednan; surely the cost of a life is more important than making cuts that benefit no-one?

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