Safety bodies and industry groups have attacked the government’s delay in publishing a response to Rita Donaghy’s inquiry into construction deaths

When the report was published in July, the Department of Work and Pensions said it would respond “later in the year”. This was understood to mean that Yvette Cooper, the work and pensions secretary, would issue a response to the report before Christmas.

Tony O’Brien, national secretary of the Construction Safety Campaign, said: “The department is insisting on more consultations, but we need a response, not more discussions with the same people Rita Donaghy met. This delay is totally unnecessary.”

The report contained 28 recommendations about how to minimise deaths in the industry.