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'Norma killing is in the back burner

28th June 2001, Page 10
28th June 2001
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Page 10, 28th June 2001 — 'Norma killing is in the back burner
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ly Dominic Perry :acing lobby group is voicing concerns that the fernment is trying to bury the proposed rporate riling Bill after it was left out of the eon's Speech last week.

The legislation is designed penalise company directors ere death occurs as the ;tilt of "management failure" health and safety. It could lead to imprisonnt for haulage bosses found to be at fault era driver is Involved in a fatal accident.


fl WEiN David Bergman, director of the Centre for rporate Accountability, says he feels let down the lack of progress on this issue: 'We underad that this was one of the government's ction promises—in fact they said they were Timitted to it in 1997. There will be at least pther 600 work-related deaths before this bill Ties into being."

However, the Home Office says that it nains committed to new Legislation on this ue; it is continuing to go through responses to consultation process which ended in ptember 2000. A spokesman says: "There re 167 responses in total and we need to fully iluate the complex issues involved."


NNIS GATE A spokesman for the Freight Transport Association says that this is a matter of enormous concern for its members: "An operator can only do so much to ensure safety. There will always be a situation where the driver will be the company's representative on the road but at arm's length, which is why there is so much concern.

"But a motorist has every right to expect that the trucks they are sharing a road with are properly maintained and properly driven."

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