Thursday 17 June 2021 / 5:52 PM Andy McDonald

Labour condemns the decision not to classify covid as a “serious” workplace risk

Labour condemns the decision not to classify covid as a “serious” workplace risk

 

Labour has condemned the decision not to classify covid as a “serious” workplace risk following a review of the categorisation.

 

The review followed revelations from Health and Safety Executive inspectors that the lower classification of “significant” meant that inspectors did not have the powers to halt dangerous working.

 

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections, Andy McDonald MP, said:

 

“The decision not to classify covid as a ‘serious’ workplace risk means that inspectors are unable to halt work activities exposing workers to coronavirus, and shows that the Government is putting working people and the wider public at risk. There have been almost 4,000 workplace outbreaks yet not a single employer has been prosecuted.”

 

“It is outrageous that even after 15,000 working age people have died from Covid, and many more are suffering from long covid, the virus isn’t considered ‘serious’.

 

“With rising case numbers of the Delta variant ahead of the planned easing of restrictions, this decision is deeply irresponsible and shows that the Government is failing to keep working people safe.”