ICL/ Stockline disaster: an independent report on working conditions prior to the explosion
Universities of Strathclyde and Stirling, 2 September 2007
This independent report into the ICL disaster in which nine workers died in May 2004 has exposed a health and safety culture which is "dangerously dysfunctional" and "blighted by fainthearted regulators." The report concludes that regulators fail, because they are rarely seen and are increasingly reluctant take the necessary enforcement action. Equally important is the reluctance, if not refusal, to take heed of and act upon warnings provided workers who are those most directly affected and exposed to hazards.
The research behind the report was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team including workplace health, risk, employment rights and relations, corporate crime, architecture and accounting from the universities of Strathclyde and Stirling. They found that health and safety standards at the ICL factory in Maryhill, Glasgow were seriously deficient and that workers were "actively discouraged" from raising safety concerns.
Full report [pdf]