This section gives you information about your rights and obligations in health and safety at work. There are many different legislative provisions and common law obligations which make your employer responsible for your health and safety at work.
The duty to take reasonable care was explained in the case of Wilsons and Clyde Coal Company v English . Your employer has to exercise due care and skill in four particular areas;
Health and safety is not only governed by legislation. Under what is known as ‘common law’ all employers have a duty of care imposed on them to protect their employees. Many of these common law duties are confirmed or strengthened by statute and regulations.
The law gives two types protection in health and safety;
First to employees whose role includes designated health and safety duties, for example safety officers and fire marshals as well as those who represent their colleagues on health and safety. If you fall into this category, you are entitled to minimum compensation, regardless of your actual losses.
Second, all employees including;
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