Hazards 104 cover image Where is the justice?
The Health and Safety Executive is withering away. In the last five years it has lost more than 1 in 6 of its frontline inspectors, and there are more set to go. As safety prosecutions fall to an all time low, Hazards editor Rory O’Neill warns of a growing corporate accountability deficit – and says workers could end up paying with their lives.
Hazards, issue 104, November 2008

  Just who does HSE protect?
HSE’s desperately poor safety enforcement record just took a turn for the worse. Now 9 out of 10 major injuries don’t result in an investigation, HSE inspections have hit a new low and the last two years have seen the worst enforcement performance on record. Hazards says only dangerous employers now have reason to feel safe.
Hazards, issue 100, November 2007

  Dame blast
The government’s ‘work is good for you’ push to make the sick work is overlooking one inconvenient truth. Hazards warns a combination of long hours, job insecurity, punitive sick leave policies, a failure to recognise the extent of the work-related health crisis and a lack of safety enforcement means for many work is bad and getting worse.
Hazards, issue 100, November 2007

What gorilla?
The resource-starved Health and Safety Executive can no longer investigate some of the most serious workplace injuries. Fatalities are rising. HSE needs help. It just doesn’t seem to see it. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill says not only is HSE failing, it is shunning its best possible ally – trade union safety reps.
Hazards, issue 99, August 2007

Cross words
As workplace deaths rise dramatically and the Health and Safety Executive’s austerity programme leaves it haemorrhaging staff, mothballing work programmes and shutting offices, Hazards looks for clues on what unions – snubbed and so far refused any new rights by HSE after its worker involvement consultation - should do next.
Hazards, issue 98, May 2007

Beyond prison?
Some of Britain’s biggest companies have seriously neglected their safety responsibilities, with deadly consequences. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill asks how bad it has to get before a top boss ends up behind bars.
Hazards, issue 97, February 2007

HSE is broke
The official safety watchdog is broke, can’t do its job and is haemorrhaging staff. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill predicts over-stretched and under-protected workers will soon get sick of being fed the government’s healthy lifestyle and “work is good for you” line.
Hazards, issue 96, November 2006

Come clean
HSE top brass say the enforcement-lite safety watchdog is performing well. But Hazards reveals HSE is facing a deepening crisis, with workplace inspections hitting a new low and HSE inspectors rapidly becoming an endangered species.

Hazards, issue 95, August 2006


Sure, we'll be safe
What would criminals think if the knew the police presence had dropped by over 25 per cent in three years, and more cuts were planned? That’s exactly what has happened at the workplace, where Health and Safety Executive (HSE) workplace inspections have plummeted to a new low and HSE is increasingly relying on companies to just say they’ll be safe.
Hazards, issue 94, May 2006

Total suck up
The government is introducing a corporate crime bill with no jail terms for corporate criminals. It is ripping up large chunks of its “naming and shaming” database. And the next official health and safety visit you get may be from an “adviser” not an inspector.

Hazards, issue 93, February 2006

Protection racket
Britain has got one of the most unregulated economies in the industrial world. Tony Blair says so. But his government is still embarking on a dangerous deregulation exercise that could remove essential safety protections, says Hazards editor Rory O’Neill.

Hazards, issue 91, August 2005

Making safety dangerous again
Safety controls are being undermined at work, and it's the safety watchdog that is responsible. As the UK drops down the world's safety rankings, Hazards looks at the dangerous thinking behind its policy shift.
Hazards, issue 88, November 2004


HSC hands-off safety plan in total disarray
The government's hands-off, business-friendly workplace safety plans are in disarray after all its key points were rubbished by a top all-party parliamentary committee.

Hazards, issue 87, August 2004


Getting away with murder
Every week an average of five workers are killed at work. Almost all of these are the result of management failures, and all of them are avoidable. Frances O'Grady, TUC's deputy general secretary, says bosses guilty of safety crimes must face justice.
Hazards, issue 87, August 2004 [pdf]

Sold out
The government says HSC's new safety blueprint is a "radical new strategy." Business loves its hands off, no hassle, no commitments language. But for you and me, the new strategy offers nothing new and abandons hard won protections.
Hazards, issue 86, May 2004


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