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    TRADES UNION VIEW

    UCATT chief sets out union view on construction safety

    Alan Ritchie, the General Secretary of construction union UCATT, has set out the union view on construction health and safety in Tribune. In particular, UCATT fears that “the recession could actually make construction sites more dangerous in the medium term”. However, he feels that “there is a very real opportunity for major improvements in health and safety” in the form of the HSE consultation on a new strategy and the upcoming Government Inquiry into construction sector deaths.

     Mr Ritchie adds “the inquiry should examine the arguments in favour of introducing directors’ duties. This would require companies to nominate a director responsible for health and safety. If someone died as a result of flagrant breaches of health and safety, there would be the possibility of a director going to jail. The first time a director was filmed being led from their office in handcuffs, the vast majority of the industry would swiftly get their act in order.”

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