PDA

View Full Version : Health and Safety Legislation







Abe
19-01-2009, 02:20 PM
19 Jan 2009 - Warning for Employees over stringent new workplace safety rules

Lawyers are warning that Careless workers and their bosses could be more likely to go to prison than muggers when new health and safety legislation comes in to force this week.

The introduction of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, which takes effect on Friday, means that serious breaches of health and safety rules previously punished with fines can now attract a custodial sentence of up to two years.

The wide-ranging powers also mean that an employee who has contributed to a health and safety offence could face a prison sentence even if no accident or injury occurred as a result of their actions.

The new laws, which passed through both Houses of Parliament largely unopposed, are designed to encourage businesses to pay closer attention to health and safety matters. Last year 229 people were killed at work in the UK, according to the British Safety Council, an independent watchdog.

Despite assurances from Keith Hill, the Labour MP for Streatham who proposed the bill, that custodial sentences would only be considered in the most serious “public outrage” cases the Act gives the courts wide discretion to mete out jail terms.

Courts will be under pressure to use their new powers to imprison staff – especially those in senior or supervisory roles.

Brian_UK
20-01-2009, 12:35 AM
Thanks for the update Abe.

Whilst good in theory I begin to fear the hob-nailed-boot of Government.

They spend more time threatening us without a proper ability to enforce their own rules.

Teaching by threats is never the correct way.

Courts are only ever interested in offences that have attacked the Establishment or resulted in money or valuables being removed.

Personal injury does not carry much weight with our Judiciary.

Sorry, rant over; I'll get my coat.

nike123
20-01-2009, 02:14 AM
Double post!

taz24
20-01-2009, 01:47 PM
:off topic:
Did you guys knew that is illegal to die in house of parliament.:eek:

http://news.aol.com/newsbloggers/2007/11/07/the-ten-most-absurd-laws-in-the-world/


I will not go to the house of parliment so I do not intend to break that law.:p

I wonder what they would do to you if you did die there :eek:

Cheers taz.

Brian_UK
20-01-2009, 08:18 PM
I will not go to the house of parliment so I do not intend to break that law.:p

I wonder what they would do to you if you did die there :eek:

Cheers taz.
Send you to the Tower before being hanged :D