Delegates to the annual meeting of the Institution for Occupational Safety and Health in Manchester this week were told of "serious setbacks" in the struggle to make Britain's workplaces less dangerous. "Not only has a plateau effect in national accident trends been noticed but in some sectors things have actually worsened," said Mr David Eves, who was deputy director of the Health and Safety Executive between 1989 and 2002 and is now IOSH Hon vice president. He said the leap in construction fatalities last year was "a nasty shock" and there ...

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