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    UCATT FATALITIES INQUIRY EVIDENCE

    Construction union proposals for reducing fatalities

    The Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has published their evidence submitted to the Government Inquiry into construction fatalities. UCATT General Secretary Alan Ritchie said the “inquiry is crucial to construction workers. For far too long too many construction workers have paid for the bosses mistakes and carelessness with their lives”. 

    UCATT suggest a number of “viable routes for change”. These are:  

    • Enforcement and prosecution – a sharp increase in regulator pro-active inspection, enforcement and level of prosecutions; 
    • New laws for directors and managers – which impose a positive duty to comply with health and safety requirements;
    • Trade union safety representatives – rights strengthened with a new power to issue Provisional Improvement Notices and union roving safety representatives with access to sites they are not working on themselves;
    • Migrant and young workers – specific measures to take into account additional risk factors of these higher risk groups and;
    • Industry structure changes – including the abolition or complete overhaul of the construction-only tax scheme and extension of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority scheme to cover construction.

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