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Liability / Corporate Responsibility

In 2002, average annual pay of Britain's top bosses was £1.5 million. The average fine for workplace safety offences was £12,194. Do the maths. Small fines alone are not an adequate deterrent for Britain's workplace safety criminals.

The vast majority all the workplace deaths and serious injuries are preventable and due to management failures. When employers fail to identify hazards, assess risks and develop safe systems of work putting people at risk of death, debilitating illness or serious injury, they should be held to account.

Real corporate accountability requires employers be committed to protecting the health of their workforce, not just the wealth of their directors and shareholders.

In order to achieve this, trade unions and the TUC have called upon the government to get businesses and undertakings held accountable for the corporate killing, maiming and making people ill, devastating families and costing the whole country billions upon billions yearly.

If you hurt people in the workplace it should be treated with the same seriousness as incidents outside the workplace. TUC wants a corporate killing law to ensure the most deadly employers are brought to account.

Links.

The Centre for Corporate Accountability:

Hazards deadly business webpages:

TGWU/CCA draft corporate manslaughter Bill

Corporate accountability and real corporate responsibility: A TUC briefing by Hilda Palmer

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

Call to link to safety fines to share price
A simple change in the law to vary the powers open to Scottish judges in cases of death or injury at work could dramatically change the climate of corporate responsibility, a member of the Scottish parliament has said.
PDF version available for download
29 August 2008

Company director jailed for manslaughter
A company director has this week been jailed for 12 months for manslaughter after a Chinese builder died while working for him.
PDF version available for download
22 August 2008

Convicted fatality firm fined £2
A company convicted of workplace safety crimes after a fatal gas blast sent a fireball through its premises has been fined just £2
13 June 2008

Pursuing the corporate killers
The trades union-backed health and safety magazine Hazards is stepping up the pressure on deadly bosses with the launch of new ‘deadly business' web resources
30 May 2008

Not much naming, less shaming
A Health and Safety Executive commitment to name and shame dangerous firms is failing because of the watchdog's 'simply extraordinary' failure to publicise most convictions.
PDF version available for download
25 April 2008

TUC looks for manslaughter action
The TUC has said the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act is a step in the right direction, but would have been more effective if it had provisions to see dangerous directors in the dock.
PDF version available for download
11 April 2008

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