Do you need to make an accident claim due to a lack of health and safety at work in Northumberland?
In the UK there has been much debate over whether workplace health and safety laws have become overbearing and have gone too far. Some critics see the laws as an example of a nanny state, causing too much interference and resulting in unrequired litigation cases.
However, others have defended the Health and Safety at Work Act that has been in place for almost 40 years. They argue that the legislation has saved a great number of lives and cite successful pieces of similar legislation such as the compulsory seat belt wearing laws and the drink driving bans in place. Estimates of the lives saved by the Health and Safety at Work Act have been made of over 5,000.
One of the defenders of the legislation is Phillip Johnston who has written in The Telegraph newspaper about this particular issue. He suggests that the recent widespread disparaging of the Health and Safety at Work Act comes from the interpretation of the law by people and that its critics have taken an absolutist view by saying that injury or death from accidents can be avoided without health and safety laws. Johnston argues that the legislation is meant to reduce the chances of accidents that cause injury and death in the workplace occurring rather than preventing all accidents from happening.
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Statistics of accident numbers and rates are also provided as evidence of the legislation’s benefits with approximately 700 workers dying each year and injury numbers of hundreds of thousands before the legislation was introduced. In 2013, the number of workplace related deaths numbered at 148 and injuries have decreased by over 75 per cent.
Another aim of the Health and Safety at Work Act is to prevent accidents from occurring, rather than being a reaction to accidents. Compensation payouts act as an incentive for workplaces to improve their workplace health and safety conditions and practices. However, Johnston does make the provision that the health and safety laws be applied with common sense.
It always helps to receive expert if you feel that you have been the victim of an issue related to Health and Safety at work, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are here for you to inform you of your rights in regards to compensation.
How can I make a claim for a lack of health and safety at work in Northumberland?
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out where you stand, and to speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers.
Date Published: 3rd July 2014
Author: David Brown