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You can't legislate for the unpredictable


Sir, Accredited reports on wartime bail-outs with faulty parachutes show many cases where aircrew men survived against all the odds. At the other extreme, road users have died in eminently survivable low-speed shunts. The consequences of an impact are not invariably related to the severity of it or the causes of it, and that is why a law of corporate manslaughter (Letters, October 27) will produce injustices and allow many culprits to go free.

Safety can be improved by education, not yet more legislation. A robust system of inspection of safety practices and of listening to whistleblowers on safety matters would not only save a lot of misery but could be cheaper for taxpayers.

Anthony G Phillips Salisbury Wiltshire