Government must crack down on failure to buy protection for staff, association says

Airmic has urged the government to toughen up enforcement action against companies that fail to buy employers’ liability insurance or purchase less than they are required.

The risk managers’ association described existing enforcement of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act as “woefully inadequate”.

Airmic technical director Paul Hopkin said: “Apart from the obvious moral and legal imperative to protect staff, it is unfair that our members are placed at a competitive disadvantage because they observe the letter of the law.”

“Firms that save money by taking shortcuts on employee safety are getting away with it because of inadequate enforcement.”