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    MASSIVE DELAY IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS CRITCISED

    UCATT pleads that “eight long years too long” for justice

    The construction trades union UCATT has expressed concern that criminal proceedings, arising from the death of an electrician working on a demolition site in August 2007, have taken over 8 years to conclude (November 2015).

    The impact on families and all those involved in serious incidents is devastating. UCATT Acting General Secretary, Brian Rye, said:

    “Spare a thought for the family of electrician John Walker who was not only taken from them by workplace negligence but who have then had to endure almost a decade of legal proceedings before blame was finally assigned.

    This was not a public enquiry into a war, a plane crash or a complicated corporate legal case. One man died on London’s Walworth Road and yet it took long eight years to assign cause and blame.”

    HSE and other must take action to improve

    Mr Rye added:

    “Shame on this employer and shame on all of us for allowing families to be put through such hell. There is no justifiable reason why a case like this should not be resolved quickly.

    This is a tawdry saga that has wasted time and money, and only served to exacerbate the deep, deep pain and loss felt by a family.

    We say to the Health and Safety Executive and all the other bodies involved in these cases– this should not happen again.”

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