Lobby group Families Against Corporate Killers has mirrored Ucatt’s concerns over the decision to delay the release of the construction deaths inquiry final recommendations, calling for the “full unedited, unwatered down report” to be released immediately.
FACK founding member Linda Whelan, whose son Craig died while demolishing a factory chimney, said: “We are very worried that the report, which was due to be published today, has been stopped, and if that is because some want it watered down this will be totally unacceptable to us.
“We felt after meeting Rita [Donaghy, chair of the inquiry] that she had a very good grasp of the problem. [She] understood our anger at the way people we care about had been killed due to negligence. And [she] seemed to appreciate the need for those who make the decisions about safety on site, and set the culture – the directors of the companies – to be held accountable by law.”
A spokesman for construction union Ucatt, who is understood to have seen the final report, today said it included recommendations to extend the Gangmasters Licensing Act to cover the construction industry and introduce statutory directors’ duties.
Mrs Whelan said: “The question of director’s duties – making those who make decisions accountable for them is common sense – and it is also morally right. To allow directors of companies to be less responsible and less accountable for their actions on health and safety than any other person is immoral. It will be an insult to my son and all the others needlessly killed in construction if the government fails to stand up to employers.
“FACK call for the full unedited, unwatered down report, with all its original recommendations to be published and acted upon now.”