Hundreds of people in Suffolk and the surrounding areas are injured at work every year, often because of negligence on the part of their employer, a colleague or another contractor.
In 2013, the government made it harder for injured workers to claim compensation. Previously, injured workers only had to show that there had been a breach of one of the many Health & Safety Regulations which had caused them injury in order to succeed with their claim. Now, a worker has to show (a) that there was a breach and (b) that the employer was negligent in committing that breach. This is a much greater threshold.
For example, it will no longer be enough for a worker to show that they were injured by faulty work machinery. Now, they will have to show that they were injured by the machinery AND that the employer had failed to take reasonable measures to maintain the machinery. That second aspect is much harder to prove, especially when the employer is usually the one with all of the key evidence.
Up until 2013, the political position had long been that people injured at work through no fault of their own should be compensated by their employer’s insurance, often regardless of whether or not the employer was actually at fault. Now that the government and insurance industry are so strongly bonded, the position is that insurers want to reduce their liabilities and so the government now require workers to either have time off on reduced or no pay whilst injured or otherwise prove that the employer was at fault (often a very difficult task).
Many people in Suffolk are injured each year whilst working in a factory or warehouse, on a construction site, in a docking or shipping area or agricultural centre. Many are also injured whilst working in a shops, retail centres, restaurants and pubs.