The United Kingdom adopted a safety in the workplace strategy for the period up to 2010 and prolonged the program with a range of adjustments. The strategy is based on the fact that the safety and health of workers is a cornerstone of a civilized society. In aspiration to reduce the level of deaths and serious injuries on the production by 10%, the level of occupational diseases by 20%; loss of working time due to illness by 30%, a new strategy has been introduced and implemented almost absolutely successfully. Within the framework of the new strategy, the government ensures advanced accessibility to submitting accidental claims, as well as dozens of other personal injury cases, e.g. whiplash claims.
The strategy is based on the understanding that, since the adoption of the law on the protection of workers’ health and safety in 1974 the world has changed dramatically, so the necessity to modernise the system of risk management emerged naturally. The UK houses a good range of large firms (less than half the country’s workforce is employed in large organizations), and a significantly increased number of small businesses: more than 90% of the 3.5 million enterprises have less than 10 people employed; moreover, the country faced an increase in the number of workers employed in part-time work, while women now make up half of the workforce. (more…)