Justice secretary vows to curb ‘health and safety’ culture

Justice secretary Chris Grayling will hear his new Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill 2014–5 debated in the House of Commons on 21 July 2014.

The justice secretary’s stated aim with the bill is to ensure that employees who do ‘something dumb’ and hurt themselves at work will no longer be awarded damages if their employers have taken sensible steps to keep staff safe.

Grayling believes that society has become ‘too inclined to blame someone else’ when something goes wrong, leading to a compensation culture that needs to be curbed. The bill will protect people from being sued if something goes wrong when they try help in an emergency. It is also intended to give teachers confidence that they will not face legal action if they have taken reasonable safety steps when organising a school trip…

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