The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has pledged support for the consultation being launched today by Patricia Ferguson MSP on proposals for a private members Bill aiming to address serious failings in Scotland’s Fatal Accident Inquiries system.
Speaking ahead of the press conference to launch the consultation, STUC Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said,
“The STUC very much welcomes the proposals by Patricia Ferguson MSP to bring forward a Bill that will put those who suffer most at the heart of Fatal Accident Inquiries.
“In our experience inquiries, held in public to examine deaths at work, take an unacceptable amount of time for those who have lost loved ones to establish the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
“A Fatal Accident Inquiry four years after the death is not unusual and while this may deliver answers for bereaved families it also delays the grieving process and often opens wounds that have begun to heal.
“Far too often any recommendations made are not implemented and we are of the view that Patricia Ferguson’s proposals will provide • answers for bereaved families at the earliest opportunity, • the facility for lessons to be learned from the circumstances surrounding the deaths; and • for legally enforceable and meaningful recommendations to be implemented to prevent similar and needless tragedies re-occurring.
“It is of great credit to families who lose most that they invariably say that in addition to getting answers they want to ensure that other families do not have to suffer the pain and suffering inflicted on them.
“We believe these proposals will lead to a more effective and meaningful inquiry system that prevents needless deaths”.
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