A Glasgow Engineering firm was this week fined £25,000 for their negligence which caused the death of one of their trainee surveyors.Russell Donald, 20, died when the metal pole he was carrying came into contact with a high voltage power line in Birchmoss, Aberdeenshire.
Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: "The government committed itself to achieving a five per cent decrease in the number of deaths at work between 2000 and 2004. Instead deaths have increased again this year. If the government is serious about reducing the levels of deaths and injuries it must increase the resources available to local authorities and the Health and Safety Commission for enforcing health and safety law."
Speaking at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Inverness, she insisted that no-one who committed a crime would be above the law."So if legislation is needed to deal with corporate killing, we will bring forward legislation,' she said. "Too many people have told me that the scales of justice have tipped too far in favour of the lawbreaking few."