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Cameron wages war on compensation culture

6 January 2012

David Cameron has vowed to protect British businesses by “waging war” on the health and safety culture inflicting the UK.

With many depicting a double dip recession on the horizon Cameron argues businesses need some respite from the “battle against a tide of risk assessment forms and fear of being sued for massive sums”.

Many believe there is almost strict liability for employers’ liability claims which makes even accidents where there is no fault on the part of the employer virtually impossible to defend.

Cameron intends to abolish or consolidate up to half of the existing health and safety regulations and to change laws so that businesses are no longer automatically at fault if something goes wrong.

Whilst we await the Prime Ministers detailed proposals his call for individuals to take “responsibility for our actions and rely on common sense” will be welcomed by all those who have felt that the scales had tipped too far in favour of the careless, feckless and work-shy.

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