Injuries in the workplace: an end to strict liability for employers

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By Ron Reid

The House of Lords has introduced legislation to remove the ‘strict liability’ provisions that mean that companies are automatically liable, regardless of fault, for certain injuries in the workplace.

Individuals will now be required to prove negligence on the company’s behalf before being able to pursue a claim.

Removing strict liability for civil damages under some existing health and safety regulations was one of numerous recommendations made by Prof Ragnar Löfsted of King’s College London in his 2011 independent review of health and safety laws…

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