09 April 2008
TUC welcomes corporate manslaughter laws
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has welcomed the new corporate manslaughter law, which came into effect on Sunday (April 6th).
As a result of the new legislation, companies can now be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures that stem from a gross breach of their duty of care.
Commenting on the development, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Too often in the past senior executives have been taking an overly casual approach towards the safety of their employees.
"The catalogue of avoidable workplace deaths in recent years has highlighted in stark terms the need for a new law and for a change of attitude from those at the top of British companies."
He went on to say that the TUC hopes the act will mark the beginning of a change in the "safety culture" at the top of the UK's businesses.