The Government’s attempt to remove civil liability for breaches of health and safety regulations suffered a major setback this week when the House of Lords voted down the proposed amendment to the Health and Safety at Work Act which would restrict injured employees to bringing claims against their employers in negligence.

Previous entries on this blog have drawn attention to the significance of this proposed change: as well as removing strict liability (such as for defective work equipment), it would also require the employee to prove breaches of duty where, at present, it is for the employer to prove “reasonably practicable” defences.

Watch this space to see how the Government responds…