THREE-YEAR delays in bringing to justice bosses responsible for construction-site deaths were slammed by industry union Ucatt yesterday.
New government figures reveal that the time taken to achieve a conviction through a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution is three years and 25 weeks — causing anguish for the families of bereaved workers.
The HSE said that 70 per cent of British construction deaths resulted from management failure.
“Three years of further pain for families who have lost their loved ones; three years of reliving the horror of it all; three years where our so-called civilised society twists the knife into the hearts of the grieving,” said Ucatt acting general secretary Brian Rye.
“Construction deaths are not complex legal issues. The process to get to convictions should be quick and transparent.”
The delays were revealed following a parliamentary question from Jarrow Labour MP Stephen Hepburn.
“This is a case of British institutions subjecting their own citizens to untold misery — and it’s just plain wrong,” he said.