Issues of health and safety should not be trivialised so I’m pleased that Sarah Hall who made criticism of the compensation culture in her recent column made clear her support of the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
The same day that Sarah brought to our attention a policeman costing the police force £8,000 in compensation for being bitten by a flea, I read in another newspaper of a man in Bradford facing having his lower leg amputated after 1.5 tonnes of metal crushed his foot at work. The employer was fined a derisory £12,000 for breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act – £4,000 more than being bitten by a flea.
And what is the government doing about health and safety at work?
They are cutting compensation payments to injured employees and the families of dead workers, which have existed since the 19th century.
The government spends money on lecturing us about the dangers of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol but reduces resources that protect people from injury and death at work.