Insurers can now access detailed information about companies convicted of health and safety breaches on a website launched this week by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The site lists more than 1,600 individual crimes committed by companies across the UK during 1999/2000.

HSE director general Timothy Walker said: “Companies, organisations and individuals must be held accountable for their health and safety performance: their professional reputation should depend on it.

“The convictions are there for everyone to see, including would-be customers, contractors, investors, employees and insurers.”

Big-name organisations cited on the web site: include motor giant Ford and communications group British Telecom.

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