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Enterprise Bill targets health and safety at work

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25 September 2013

The government has announced that a number of sections of the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill will come into force on 1st October this year, including section 69 which relates to health and safety at work.

After this date, employees who are injured at work through no fault of their own will have to prove that their employers have been negligent. They will no longer be entitled to compensation on the basis that criminal breaches of health and safety have occurred. In effect the Bill undermines the rights of injured workers and favours their employers.

When the Bill was initially rejected by the House of Lords in April, APIL President Karl Tonks commented:  “This proposal is grossly unfair...it will make bringing some valid claims for compensation extremely difficult, and many people are likely to shy away from bringing a claim altogether. It is the duty of employers to provide safe workplaces, not the duty of employees to keep negligent bosses in check.”

Vicky Jones, Personal Injury Partner at Lawson-West said: “The reforms are unlikely to benefit employers much either, as those cases which do go ahead will take longer, be more complex and therefore will cost more. In addition, the government will be left to pay for the care of injured workers who do not claim compensation to provide for their needs. Where the injury is severe, the costs of ongoing care can run into six figures. We’d urge people who are injured in an accident at work to take legal advice as soon as possible to determine how they can establish a case for compensation, in order to get themselves back on track.”


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Lawson-West specialise in commercial, business and employment law. Our team of dedicated commercial solicitors can help with buying or selling a business, business law and disputes, landlord and tenant issues and commercial property. Our expert employment team can offer practical advice and guidance on all aspects of employment law including redundancy, compromise agreements and dismissal procedures. Visit www.lawson-west.co.uk for more information.



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