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SF demands introduction of corporate Killing legislation

28 April, 2006

Speaking on International Worker’s Memorial Day, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Employment and Workers Rights, Arthur Morgan T.D. demanded that the Government implement the recommendations of a recent Law Reform Commission Report on Corporate Manslaughter.  Workers Memorial Day is an international day to highlight the issue of workplace deaths and accidents.

Deputy Morgan said, "In 2004 50 people were killed in workplace accidents in the 26 counties.  This grew by 44% to 72 in 2005.   23 people were killed in workplace accidents in the construction sector in 2005, compared to 16 in that sector in 2004.  There were 9 non-national worker fatalities in 2005, representing a disproportionate number of deaths among migrant workers.

"On this Workers Memorial Day I am reiterating Sinn Féin’s call on the Government to deliver on the Union motto of 'Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living' by implementing the recommendations contained in the Law Reform Commission Report on Corporate Manslaughter published in October 2005.  Reckless employers must be held criminally liable for workplace accidents and fatalities.  Only by putting in place effective deterrents can we ensure that these needless deaths cease.  Corporate Manslaughter legislation, already in place in many countries, is a key tool in the battle to reduce workplace accidents and fatalities.

"The Health and Safety Authority must also be given the resources necessary to ensure full compliance of employers with existing health and safety law." ENDS

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