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Ucatt tells MPs: follow Brumwell

UCATT general secretary Alan Ritchie invoked the memory of predecessor George Brumwell in campaigning for tougher corporate manslaughter laws at Westminster last week.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mr Ritchie quoted a 1992 speech in which Mr Brumwell called for '?proper investigation, proper accountability and new offences to cover criminal recklessness to cover corporate recklessness where life and limb are put at risk'.

Mr Ritchie wants directors of construction firms to bear personal liability for site safety.

He said: 'With the first prosecution that comes up with a director of a construction company for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and killing an employee, we believe there would be a jolt in our industry which would then be reflected in better health and safety standards.'