Module leader: George Applebey
On the basis of a detailed examination of primary law, secondary legislation and case law: after the history of employer’s liability, part one of the course is based upon criminal law; strict liability and regulatory criminal offences; the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; the role of the Health and Safety Executive and enforcement; the European Framework directive and implementing British Regulations; Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
The second part of the module is largely aspects of Tort Law. Topics include: employer’s liability in Negligence at common law; the tort of breach of statutory duty; selected case studies on certain types of claim, e.g. occupational stress and claims arising from exposure to asbestos, including the debate over pleural plaques; employment law aspects of health and safety, worker participation, etc; the European Union’s role in the working environment; the Working Time Regulations 1999; the Human Rights Act 1998 and health and safety law.