Whilst the need for employers to take responsibility is understandable, the situation is now totally out of control. It is bureaucratic, expensive and places the entire burden on the employer, landowner etc.
It creates considerable expense for small business and leads to a reluctance by employers to increase the numbers of employees to over five at which point legislation takes effect.
It also creates a litigious environment, where people are actively encouraged to take companies and councils to court. It has created a ridiculous situation where a trespasser can sue the owner if they get hurt.
The solutions are:
– No win no fee legal representation must be banned
– Equal legal responsibility must be placed on both employers/landowners and employees/land users to ensure there is safety in a given situation