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UK firms under pressure to publish safety record

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MINISTERS ARE threatening to bring in legislation to force major UK firms to start accounting publicly for their health and safety performance, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) head of operations Mike Cosman claimed this week.

The HSE is already pushing the top 350 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange to detail their health and safety performance in annual reports. If voluntary reporting fails to deliver results, the government will force firms to publish such information, Cosman said.

This could include details of health and safety fines, the cost of time lost due to injuries, spending on health and safety training and safety auditing systems.

Deaths resulting from industrial accidents have risen sharply in the last year. Fatalities in 2000/01 were up 34% on 1999/2000. Six in 1,000 industrial workers died.

Of 295 fatal accidents last year, 106 were in the construction industry.

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