Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Union calls for more workforce protection during TT

A union is calling for more protection of Manx workers during the TT motorcycle races, held every June.

The Unite union said risk management needed to be reassessed to protect workers on the roads during the event.

The union represented three Manx workers who had faced legal action after accidents during the event.

Whitley Council secretary, Eric Holmes, said: "I don't want to end up doing any damage to the TT but at the same time the workforce should be protected."

Workers suspended

He added: "If someone comes around the corner on the wrong side of the road during TT, it is going to be a head-on, and the last thing anybody wants or needs is to end up on manslaughter charges for just going about their normal business.

"We want a decent risk management system that the management and the workforce understand."

Two government workers were recently suspended pending an investigation into an incident where a biker died after a collision with a government-owned vehicle at the end of the TT festival in 2011.

Four years ago a government employee was charged with manslaughter following an accident during preparation for the the TT. The charges were later dropped.

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