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An increasing number of accidents at work could be set to occur across the UK after the government decided to cap annual inspections for small businesses at two.
That is if comments made by Brendan Barber - general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a body with more than six million members - are anything to go by, as he feels this is indicative of the government being more concerned with saving money than keeping employees safe.
Mr Barber insisted that "enforcement should not be seen as a burden on business", but instead perceived as a sign that good firms are not being undercut by unscrupulous rivals who break the law.
"Cuts in enforcement will put even more of us at risk of damaged health or injury or death in our workplaces," he added.
The TUC official went on to state that such reductions should not be made on the basis of cutting legislative red tape.
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