The number of accidents at work is likely to rise because of cuts to health and safety provision, the TUC union has warned.
It is feared more employees could suffer workplace injuries as a result of Government cuts to inspections and lower levels of funding for the Health and Safety Executive, it said.
Employees who suffer an injury at work could even find it tougher to make accident compensation claims because of the Government moves, the TUC argues. It warned that the Government is opposing new regulations, offering encouragement to “rogue bosses” who are happy to cut corners and place their workers at risk.
Anyone wanting to pursue a work accident compensation claim can contact Accident Advice Helpline, which offers a comprehensive service.
Work inspections call
The TUC has called for regular workplace inspections to be carried out and also demanded that safety reps be given stronger powers.
General secretary Frances O’Grady said the UK’s standing at 20th out of 34 developed nations on the health and safety risk index is not a proud record.
She warned that the health and safety culture that has been built up over many decades in Britain could be endangered by the cuts and increased deregulation.
She called on the Government to commit to protecting workers to prevent a disastrous effect on the health and safety of workers.
Workers’ Memorial Day
The call comes as construction union Ucatt revealed plans to mark the upcoming Workers’ Memorial Day with a wreath-laying event at the Building Worker Statue near the Tower of London.
Regional secretary Jerry Swain said the industry is becoming more dangerous in the face of Government cuts, which he claims are putting the lives and health of workers at risk.
The union also sought to highlight the difficult conditions faced by those working on developments related to the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar.
General secretary Steve Murphy said a protest will be held in London, outside the Qatar embassy, to draw attention to the hundreds of workers dying each year.
Date Published: April 29, 2014
Author: David Brown