How will HSE reforms affect personal injury at work victims?

Business owners are not the only people who are fed up with burdensome regulations in the UK. Even Prime Minister, David Cameron, complained about the absurdity of it all a couple of weeks ago when local councils tried to force holders of royal wedding street parties to take out expensive public liability insurance.

Employers have been struggling to get to grips with excessive Health and Safety regulations in the workplace. Although these rules are designed to prevent employees suffering a personal injury at work, a lot of them are thought unnecessary and complex.

Professor Lofstedt recently reviewed health and safety legislation and recommended various changes which have now been published in draft form by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Lofstedt outlines ways in which the rules can be simplified to reduce the amount of red tape that bogs employers down. Chris Grayling, the employment minister, said the government is putting common sense back into the health and safety system, a measure that is bound to win widespread approval.

But what will it mean for victims of accidents at work? Will they still be able to lodge personal injury claims against their employer?

Some personal injury solicitors are concerned that government reforms will stop victims being able to claim the personal injury compensation they rightfully deserve.

The coalition has to perform a delicate balancing act. It has pledged to reduce bureaucracy in order to help businesses grow. But at the same time, it needs to protect the rights of its citizens. Has it got the balance right?

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