Monday 15 August 2016

The HSE And Crown Office's Dodgy Deal

I've been very suspicious of the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland, especially ever since they got together (just a wee bit too quickly for my liking) with their buddies in the Crown office and Police Scotland to prevent the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy being made a Health and Safety matter.

These organisations are incestuously connected and I firmly believe that the reason the HSE, the corrupt Crown office, and untrustworthy Police Scotland got together the very next day and conspired to treat the bin lorry incident as a road traffic accident, was to let their friends Glasgow Crooked City Council off the hook for employing the driver (GCC legislate for HSE so work closely together).

If it had been deemed to be a Health and Safety matter rather than a road traffic accident, the families of the six dead victims could have sued Glasgow Crooked City Council for employing the driver who killed their loved ones. But if it's a road traffic accident they can't. Nuff said.

Health and Safety is back in the news again as we learn that there has been a 49% rise in Scottish health and safety prosecutions.

Surely this is good news?

Well it would be if it wasn't for the fact that in the last 10 years there has been a general downward trend in the annual number of workplace incidents.

Mmmm. I don't like it when figures don't add up so I did some digging.

And it turns out that a few years ago, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service who prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland created a new Health and Safety Division with prosecutors who are specialists in health and safety cases.

Since its creation the number of Health and Safety prosecutions has increased. Now, that's not surprising considering that they are a specialised team of prosecutors who specialise in prosecuting Health and Safety matters.

But now we get to the real nitty gritty.

The financial penalties for Health and Safety breaches have been increased and new guidelines brought out in February say that companies can now be fined up to £10 million for a health and safety offence and up to £20 million for a corporate manslaughter conviction.

So now we get to the truth of the matter.

The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service are working ever more closely with the Health and Safety Executive (as if they weren't before) to make as much money out of HSE prosecutions as possible.

So do you still think HSE, Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland, and the Crown office all work separately from each other and never collude or conspire together?

Yeah, thought so.