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Ferris calls for corporate manslaughter legislation after death of Limerick man

1 June, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Kerry North/West Limerick Martin Ferris TD has today called for the government to introduce legislation on corporate manslaughter following one of the state’s largest waste management companies admitting a breach of health and safety regulations which lead to an employee’s death.

Deputy Ferris said;

“Sinn Féin is calling for the government to introduce corporate manslaughter legislation immediately. One of the State’s largest waste management companies Mr. Binman, has admitted breaching health and safety regulations which lead to the death of their employee John Wright (Limerick).

“For many employers, health and safety in the workplace is an afterthought and the priority is profit making. This needs to change, and it is well past time that rogue employers are put under pressure to live up to their health and safety obligations. For too long employers have been let off the hook with fines for breaches of safety regulations even when a workers life has been lost as a result of negligence. The case reported today highlights the need for the introduction of corporate manslaughter legislation. This would put a significant incentive on employers to take heed of safety regulations by applying criminal charges against those who do not.

”Sinn Féin published a Corporate Manslaughter Bill in 2007 and called on the then Government to endorse it. I am repeating that call again today in light of this workplace fatality. This type of legislation, which is already in place in many countries, is a key tool in the battle to reduce workplace accidents and fatalities.” ENDS

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