This Act means that companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

Now accountability is good but there is always an equal and opposite reaction in life and teh reaction to this law is disproportionate to its intention. Every employee is now fearful of making a mistake so they overcompensate which means more money spent stopping things that aren't proably going to happen anyway.

This Act has helped push Health and safety legislation away from its core purpose which was to actually stop people being hurt and NOT to stop people worry about being sued if someone got hurt.

One small example – high visibility jackets. They used to be the uniform of highway workers helping them to be seen. Now they are everywhere, on every building site and every warehouse in the land. Mostly worn by poeple not near fast moving traffic that needs to pick you out in dark conditions. How much is the annual cost to business of these jackets? And remember they are only included in risk assessments because someone thinks they'd better cover themselves in case they get sued. They're not in teh risk assessment because they are needed to prevent accidents.

Why is this idea important?

Loads of money is spent on unnecessary health and safety schemes, documents, training and other measures which are all bringing sensible risk management into disrepute. Repeal the Act address these problems, save loads of money and protect people properly.

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