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    Health and safety laws under review as part of regulatory roll back

    The government could use new powers to repeal EU-derived workplace protections without parliamentary scrutiny, a leading lawyer has warned.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 13 May 2022

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    UK companies failing to report on safety to shareholders

    Britain’s largest listed companies are routinely under-reporting workplace injuries and fatalities to investors, according to new analysis by corporate governance advisory firm PIRC.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 11 May 2022

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    Safety incidents: preparation is key

    The way a business responds to a health and safety accident and any resulting regulatory investigation is crucial both for its reputation and the eventual legal outcome.

    By Rhian Greaves, DAC Beachcroft on 05 May 2022

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    How Robens super-charged the safety system

    The Robens report, which established the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), is 50 this year. Safety Management celebrates Robens’s achievements and considers if the Act needs refreshing in the face of huge social changes.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 10 May 2022

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    Are the rules simply there to be broken?

    Do we value regulations enough, or are we better off without them? Most of the time, many of us never pause to think about the rules that govern us, so embedded are they in our daily life.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 21 April 2022

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    Covid-19 – some legal points to remember

    In a time of ongoing uncertainty, as we continue to weather the pandemic storm and the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the overarching duty on employers to ensure that their employees (and others) are not exposed to health and safety risks has remained a constant.

    By Anna Fletcher, Gowling WLG law firm on 01 December 2021

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    £6.5m fine for child’s railway death: the sentencing factors

    Why rail freight operator, WH Malcolm Ltd Harrison was fined a record £6.5m after a young boy was electrocuted by one of its overhead power lines.

    By Laura White, Pinsent Masons LLP on 25 November 2021

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    Workers’ rights ‘nowhere to be seen’ in Queen’s speech

    Key promises to protect workers have been left out of the Queen's Speech, Labour has accused the government.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 14 May 2021

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    Success for ‘Justice for Injured Workers’ campaign

    A campaign for the retention of fair access to legal representation for injured workers has ended in success after the government dropped plans to raise the small claims limit.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 10 March 2021

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    The challenges of regulation and its enforcement

    Any post-Brexit review of the UK’s health and safety laws must not result in a watering down of workers’ rights, argues Mike Robinson.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 23 March 2021