Construction union Ucatt demanded urgent action today to ensure companies responsible for workers' deaths are brought to justice.
A freedom of information request to the Health and Safety Executive recently revealed that only 154 of the 332 fatal construction accidents between 2004 and 2009 led to a prosecution.
Ucatt general secretary Steve Murphy called the figures "truly shocking."
He said: "It is bad enough that families have lost a loved one but the fact in the majority of cases no prosecution has ever been brought is shameful."
Leaders of small businesses today urged the Chancellor to use the March 20 Budget to give firms incentives to take on new staff and help create thousands of new jobs.
The Federation of Small Businesses suggested George Osborne should put clear plans in place for a business bank.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien will face a Vatican inquiry after admitting sexual misconduct.
The cardinal shocked the Roman Catholic community when he indicated on Sunday that he would not contest claims against him and intended to retire permanently from the public life of the church.
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