· "Employers claim just 2.5% of working-age Covid deaths are from exposure to Coronavirus at work
· System for reporting workplace deaths and infections is “letting bad bosses off the hook”, says TUC
· Under-reporting has badly undermined health and safety regulation and enforcement during the pandemic
The number of people who have died from exposure to Covid at work is being “massively under-reported” by employers, according to a new TUC report published today (Sunday).
Between April 2020 and April 2021 the ONS reported that 15,263 people of working age died from Covid.
But according to reports filed by employers just 387 (2.5 per cent) of these deaths came from workers contracting Covid at work.
TUC analysis shows that just 1 in 218 workplaces has been inspected by the HSE (between March 2020 and April 2021) and not one single employer has been prosecuted for putting staff at risk.
“This has made it much harder for regulators to track where outbreaks are happening and allowed bad bosses to get away with flagrant labour rights abuses.