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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

RIDDOR: Simplifying Incident Reporting Requirements

Lynne Moss | Senior Associate

From 1 October 2013 changes will be introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) which will aim to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries.  The changes follow the UK Government’s independent review of health and safety legislation in 2011 and a public consultation which took place last year.

RIDDOR requires employers, and other people in control of work premises, to report all work related deaths as well as certain work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences (near-misses).

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It's the Little Things...

Ashok Rebello | Solicitor | Burness Paull

On 1 October 2013 a small change will be made in the law which is likely to have a big impact on accident claims.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was amended to prevent an employee relying on an employer’s breach of health and safety regulations as a basis for a successful damages claim.  Although a breach of the Act itself has never given rise to a right to recover damages (it creates criminal liability only) a breach of one of the subordinate regulations did create a right to civil damages.  Since in some cases the regulations create duties of strict liability

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Oil, Data... And The Lawyer?

Ross McKenzie

I read recently that "data is the new oil" which resonated for me, probably because having spent my life in Aberdeen, I appreciate and relate to the importance of the oil and gas industry to the economy, particularly in the North East.

"Data" isn't something you would usually associate with a lawyer like me.

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