Amicus the Union

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April 26, 2007 05:47 ET

Amicus demands action over increase in workplace deaths

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 26, 2007) - To mark Workers Memorial Day (Saturday 28th April) Amicus is demanding action in the prevention of workplace fatalities as the death toll from work related accidents in the UK rises to a staggering 1,500 people a year.

Amicus believes that the vast majority of workplace deaths are preventable and is calling on employers to comply with health and safety legislation. But when workplace deaths do occur Amicus wants to see corporate criminal conduct investigated, and where evidence shows there has been negligence, prosecution with a punishment fitting the crime. At present this is not the case as companies escape criminal accountability.

Currently low fines also mean disreputable employers do not take health and safety seriously, as it's cheaper to pay a fine than put in safety measures.

Amicus' Deputy General Secretary and North West Regional Secretary, Graham Goddard, said: "Too many workers have already died simply because they went to work. If we are to avert this tragic waste of life, paying lip service to the governments' revitalising health and safety strategy is simply not enough.

"Workers Memorial Day is not only an opportunity to remember those we lost but also to ensure that we do all we can to prevent workers dying as a result of their work.

"Amicus has been campaigning for legislation on corporate manslaughter to make employers accountable for the health and safety of their employees. Most workplace deaths are avoidable and poor health and safety is the cause."

Rob Miguel, Amicus Health and Safety Officer, said: "Amicus would like to see more corporate responsibility in light of all these deaths. At present the scales of justice are unevenly balanced with failures in corporate responsibility weighing heavily against real accountability

"The result is that bereaved families are left feeling frustrated and let down by the system. A staggering further 10,000 lives are lost to work related diseases a year, including cancers and those connected to asbestos, this rises to two million world wide."

Amicus Workers Memorial Day resources and events can be found on Hard copies of Amicus WMD materials and posters can be obtained from Regional Offices.


Notes to Editor

2005/06 HSE Figures - Workplaces death last year:
39 people killed in incidents at work in the NW
212 workers killed at work in the UK
For North West HSE figures visit:

North West Events

A moments silence everywhere at 12 noon.

Manchester - A Joint Union Workers Memorial Day Rally is being held on Saturday 28th April, 11.00 a.m. at the Peace Gardens (behind Manchester Town Hall). Speakers include Deputy General Secretary and NW Regional Secretary, Graham Goddard, Tony Lloyd, MP other Regional Trade Unionists, GM Hazards and families of those killed by work. This will be followed by refreshments at the Mechanics Institute sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors. Music by Claire Mooney.

Chorley - An Amicus Multi-faith service is being held from 6pm on Friday 27th April at the WMD tree in Astley Park; Chorley Road. On Saturday 28th April in Chorley town centre will be an information stall. For further information please contact Steve Turner on Tel: 07859369492.

Preston - A March and Rally is being held in Flag Market on Saturday 28 April from 11.30 am. For further details please visit Preston Workers, GM Hazards Centre and trade unions will launch a petition to demand the government counts work-related road deaths and takes action to prevent them.

Contact Information

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    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500 or 07768 931 316