New legislation means less protection for workers involved in accidents at work

Health and safety at work

On Tuesday 1st October, Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act comes into force across Scotland and the UK.  This act removes employers’ automatic responsibility for health and safety breaches in their workplaces.

This means people injured at work through no fault of their own are no longer automatically protected by the law. 

Forth Rail Bridge construction workers in 1889 rights

This law takes health and safety protections in the UK back over 100 years. It means that workers building the new Forth Crossing between now and 2016 will do so with no greater legal protection than those who build the original Forth Rail Bridge, which was completed in 1889 at a cost of 98 lives.

The Forth Rail Bridge, completed in 1889 at a cost of 98 lives. Today's workers now have no more civil legal protection than those working at that time. 

It Matters to Digby Brown that you continue to be protected and can access justice if you are injured at work in an accident that isn't your fault.  If you need help or advice after a workplace accident, you can contact us by clicking here or visit the Accidents at Work section of our website for more information. 

Click on the link below to download a press release issued by Digby Brown Solicitors on this important issue (opens as a PDF):