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July 20, 2008

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“Missed opportunity” to rectify road-deaths gap

The Government has rejected calls for work-related road deaths to be reportable under RIDDOR, and included in health and safety statistics.

IOSH president, Ray Hurst, described the decision, which was outlined in the Government’s response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry, as a “missed opportunity” to rectify the situation. He said: “It seems the roads are the one place where employers will continue to be able to get away with putting their workers lives, and those of others, at risk.”

Provisional figures issued by the HSE at the end of June show 228 workers lost their lives as a result of incidents at work in 2007/08, compared with 247 in 2006/07.

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