Health & safety Law

Health & safety Law

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Health & safety Law

Health & safety law is a body of law that protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public and certain defined sectors of the population such as employees. Most jurisdictions have a framework of health and safety law which will usually be enforced by the state using an inspectorate, regulatory control and the criminal law.

The regulatory framework for health and safety will usually operate alongside a civil law system which would allow individuals to bring a lawsuit against a person, company or organization that may have been liable for personal injury or even death. Thus where an employee has been injured through an accident at work in the UK the Health & Safety Executive may instigate a criminal prosecution which may result in a financial penalty (fine) and now could result in imprisonment of those individuals responsible (Health and Safety {Offences} Act 2008)– however the injured employee can also seek damages for the injury caused in the civil courts under areas of civil law such as negligence and occupiers liability.

One example in the United States was the Station nightclub fire. In this incident, the Station nightclub caught fire on February 20, 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, after the rock band Great White set off pyrotechnics which ignited the club’s highly flammable soundproofing. One hundred people, including one band member, died in the blaze. The band’s manager, Daniel Biechele, and club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian were each charged with 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter with criminal negligence and 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in violation of a misdemeanor. Michael Derderian was sentenced to a four year jail sentence with eligibility for a work release program and Jeffrey Derderian received a suspended 10-year sentence and a community sentence while Biechele also received a prison sentence. In civil courts, more than $1 billion in claims have been made by the families of the dead and injured with defendants including the manufacturers of the soundproofing, the maker of the pyrotechnics, the band and the venue.

 

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Health & safety Law

Health & safety law is a body of law that protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public and certain defined sectors of the population such as employees. Most jurisdictions have a framework of health and safety law which will usually be enforced by the state using an inspectorate, regulatory control and the criminal law.

The regulatory framework for health and safety will usually operate alongside a civil law system which would allow individuals to bring a lawsuit against a person, company or organization that may have been liable for personal injury or even death. Thus where an employee has been injured through an accident at work in the UK the Health & Safety Executive may instigate a criminal prosecution which may result in a financial penalty (fine) and now could result in imprisonment of those individuals responsible (Health and Safety {Offences} Act 2008)– however the injured employee can also seek damages for the injury caused in the civil courts under areas of civil law such as negligence and occupiers liability.

One example in the United States was the Station nightclub fire. In this incident, the Station nightclub caught fire on February 20, 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, after the rock band Great White set off pyrotechnics which ignited the club’s highly flammable soundproofing. One hundred people, including one band member, died in the blaze. The band’s manager, Daniel Biechele, and club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian were each charged with 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter with criminal negligence and 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in violation of a misdemeanor. Michael Derderian was sentenced to a four year jail sentence with eligibility for a work release program and Jeffrey Derderian received a suspended 10-year sentence and a community sentence while Biechele also received a prison sentence. In civil courts, more than $1 billion in claims have been made by the families of the dead and injured with defendants including the manufacturers of the soundproofing, the maker of the pyrotechnics, the band and the venue.

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