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MPs CRITICISE LACK OF ACTION OVER INJURIES AT WORK

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A house of commons select committee yesterday criticised the Health and Safety Executive for investigating too few ...
A house of commons select committee yesterday criticised the Health and Safety Executive for investigating too few workplace injuries and prosecuting too few organisations, reports The Financial Times (p5).

Only 6% of serious accidents are looked into by the executive while a mere 10% of severe injury cases and 20% of those where a death has occurred lead to prosecutions.

The damning report by the environment, transport and regional affairs' committee calls on the government to increase the fines available to the courts for health and safety offences 'at the earliest opportunity'.

It also believes companies and individuals should be publicly named and shamed for poor health and safety at work performance.
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