Regulatory Surrender: Death, Injury and the Non-Enforcement of Law
By Prof Steve Tombs and Dr David Whyte
Published in July 2010
This exciting new publication from Prof Steve Tombs of Liverpool University and Dr David Whyte at Liverpool John Moores University focusses on the issues of enforcement.
A long line of senior figures argue that Britain has one of the best safety records in the world. But, as the authors of this report argue, such claims bear an increasingly tenuous relationship with the reality of working life.
Based upon close analysis of government, parliamentary and civil service documents, and using previously unpublished information gained from Freedom of Information requests, the authors chart what they describe as a "collapse" in the numbers of HSE inspections and enforcement.
This collapse is most dramatically illustrated in the rate of prosecutions following deaths at work - falling from 46% to 28% in six years. In the context of the regulatory failures in the Gulf of Mexico and coinciding with Lord Young's health and safety review, this timely book documents the shift towards a politics of regulatory surrender. With Britain in the midst of a fiscal crisis, the book asks where the unfolding crisis in enforcement leaves worker safety.
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