Labour pledges a clamp down on safety offences

Labour has made a promise to crack down on companies that avoid punishment for safety offences by going bankrupt or coming back shortly after under a new name.

At construction union Ucatt’s annual conference, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said: “When workers are injured or killed at work, employers must be held accountable. They should not be able to get out of an investigation by claiming bankruptcy.”

Mr Umunna added: “The next Labour government will legislate to prevent this abuse. It puts the lives of workers at risk. It is irresponsible. It is wrong. We will stop it.”

The announcement was welcomed by Ucatt which has its own campaign to stop companies escaping penalties when one of their workers is killed at work.

The Union is fighting for the Health & Safety Executive to have the power to freeze companies assets at the event of a death at work and until investigations into the incident come to an end.

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