The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has expressed concern at an unacceptable increase in workplace fatalities in Scotland between 2010 and 2011 reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in new official statistics published today (5 July).
STUC Assistant Secretary Ian Tasker said
“Twenty Scottish workers lost their lives following incidents at work up from fourteen the previous year. However, these figures do not reveal the whole tragic story as they do not include deaths from asbestos related disease, work related road traffic accidents or suicides.
“Under the coalition Government's stewardship the HSE is facing cuts of 35% while headline fatalities have risen from 147 to 173 in two years, a statistic of which they should be thoroughly ashamed.
“Their deregulation agenda, driven by the business lobby, that fails to accept that healthier and safer workplaces are good for business, is resulting tragic consequences for victims and their families.”
For further information contact Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100