Health and Safety protection at work under threat

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Through our experience of representing thousands of people who have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t their fault, Digby Brown understand the importance of proper regulations that make sure everyone has the right to a safe working environment.

We’re concerned that health and safety protection is being eroded in our workplaces. A report published last week (11th January) by Prof. Rory O’Neill, Professor of Occupational Health Policy Research at Stirling University highlighted a worrying decline in inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the watchdog body charged with improving safety and reducing work-related injuries and fatalities across the UK.

The study found that 37 sectors, many of which have historically higher than average accident rates, are now excluded from unannounced HSE inspections. Figures in the study suggest over half of workplace fatalities between April 2011 and October 2012 occurred in these uninspected sectors.

The full study can be read here
      
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Unfortunately, a decline in HSE inspections is only part of current moves to remove health and safety protections in the workplace.  A clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which is currently being debated in UK parliament, would remove a worker’s right to compensation for injuries caused by an employer’s breach of health and safety regulations.

The House of Lords today (Monday 14th January) debated the clause. There is an ongoing campaign to remove this clause from the bill.

More information

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers have produced a briefing with full details of the implications and consequences of the proposed clause. Through our experience of representing thousands of people who have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t their fault, Digby Brown understand the importance of proper regulations that make sure everyone has the right to a safe working environment.