Robert Harvey, (Citizen letters November 14), is right the government is trying to remove a law passed in 1898 that protects workers health and safety without any public consultation. A last minute addition to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill in the House of Lords would amend S 47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. This would mean employers no longer had strict liability for their workers’ health and safety. By doing this it not only makes it more difficult for an employee injured at work to claim compensation but also makes it harder to enforce health and safety legislation.
An e-petition has been started on the government website. If it gets 100,000 signatures it will force a debate in The Commons, exactly what the government was trying to avoid. You can sign the petition by going to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41086. Please sign the petition and get your work colleagues, family, friends and anyone else you can think of to sign it too. It only takes two minutes to sign but it could save someone’s life.