Lord Young of Graffham’s recent report into health and safety regulations has enjoyed quite a lot of media attention recently. Many of the comments made seem to relate to accidents at work or what is known within the profession as ‘Employer’s Liability’.
My concern is that Lord Young seems to favour introducing a subjective test: he appears to want the courts to consider the nature of the employment before considering whether to apply the health and safety regulations or not i.e. is the job ‘high risk’ by nature?
‘Low Risk’ Category May Still Pose Threat
The problem is some working environments such as an office for example could be considered as ‘low risk’ yet the premises could be in such a state of disrepair that individuals working there could be at risk.