Britain's safety record appears to be getting worse amid a "hostile" political climate to health and safety issues, unions warned yesterday.
The TUC said fewer visits were being made to workplaces and that inspection teams were working with "substantially reduced" funding.
It added that increasing workplace deaths will not be reversed without an increase in the enforcement of health and safety law in all workplaces.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The government seems determined to water down health and safety laws despite recent increases in workplace fatalities.
"It seems incredible that ministers seem unconcerned by the cut in the number of workplace inspections at a time when more people are dying and getting injured at work."
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