Legislation is overdue

Mike Tyler, in his article “Corporate killing law misses the mark” (12 June), actually does something similar as regards his reasoning behind his criticism of the latest Corporate Homicide Bill.

The Government, judiciary and legal profession have all stood back as workers have been killed as a result of directors placing profit before safety. Time and again the press report that simply investing in health and safety would have saved life and limb. But the impression the public has is that of technical legal nit-picking and collusion evidenced by the ability of those responsible to avoid prosecution.

In short, neither the current law nor prosecuting authorities are effective and I would challenge the critics of the latest proposals to find an explanation or alternative that victims’ families could believe.

The proposals have come about due to political pressure of ordinary individuals who believe our justice system is ineffective on this issue.

The failings may or may not be due to legislation being dated, but it is worthy of note that companies are to be more rigorously policed for anti-competitive behaviour than for killing people.

It seems the proposed legislation may not go far enough, despite the concerns of lawyers such as Mr Tyler, to address the concerns of the families of the victims of corporate greed.

Ray Deans, campaigner for the Simon Jones Memorial Campaign