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Inquiry chair Rita Donaghy has 'handed over' final report

The publication of the final report into the construction deaths inquiry is imminent, the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions today said: “Rita Donaghy, chair of the inquiry, handed over her report to Lord McKenzie, minister with responsibility for health and safety, on 23 June 2009.

“The report was accepted on behalf of Yvette Cooper, secretary of state for work and pensions who will meet with Rita soon. The report will then be published shortly afterwards.”

Ms Donaghy was given until the end of this month to complete her investigation into the underlying causes of construction deaths after she requested a two-month extension of time to widen her inquiry.

The decision for a major inquiry, revealed by Construction News last summer, was made by former secretary of state James Purnell who said he wanted to look at “what more can done to reduce this terrible toll.”