Critics of the previous Conservative administration have long argued that such a rise would be inevitable as the ideal of responsible self- regulation of workplace safety was supplanted by the crude economic imperatives of doctrinaire deregulation. It is time for New Labour to consider the enactment of a comprehensive new Safety and Health in the Workplace Act.
This would replace a law that is currently so clearly failing in its key objectives and that takes no account of the changes in employer power over the past two decades.
Dr CHARLES WOOLFSON
Centre for Regulatory Studies
University of Glasgow