Queen speaks of safety – but not corporate killing

first_imgQueen speaks of safety – but not corporate killingOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today New laws to“revitalise” health and safety at work were announced in the Queen’s Speech,but plans to introduce a new offence of corporate killing were not included.Themeasures will form part of the Safety Bill, one of 19 pieces of legislationearmarked for the 2000-01 parliamentary session.Most of theBill will be devoted to transport safety but there will be a section on healthand safety in the workplace, the Queen announced in her 12-minute speech.Penaltiesfor health and safety offences will be tougher and public organisations willlose their immunity from prosecution.Fines couldbe linked to company turnover and there may be prison sentences for a widerrange of offences.Moves toreduce the level of workplace deaths, accidents and ill-health were unveiledover the summer by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.Of theSafety Bill, Prescott said, “There have been a number of disturbing safetyissues raised in recent years, both among the travelling public and in theworkplace. We are determined to do something about this.”The SafetyBill has been published in draft form and is unlikely to get on the statutebook before the General Election, expected next May.It will,however, get a high priority if the Government secures a second term. Previous Article Next Article By HelenaJonescenter_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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