Union condemns government after overturning House of Lords health and safety law

Tim Lezard

Workers will find it harder to claim legitimate compensation for injuries at work after the government yesterday overturned a House of Lord’s decision.

The government reinstated an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – a move that means workers would be unable to rely on an employer’s breach of health and safety law to win a personal injury claim. Instead they would have to prove negligence.

Prospect Health and Safety Officer Sarah Page said: “The government’s proposals to remove civil liability from breaches of health and safety law will make it harder, if not impossible, for people with legitimate claims to be compensated.

“It signals Victorian neglect for injured workers and plays to rogue employers, who will willingly leave our already overstretched health services to pick up the pieces. This is a miserable decision by a government that is spinning the myth of a compensation culture which even its own advisors have said doesn’t exist.”

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Tim Lezard

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