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Asbestos and serious injury lawyer backs Hazards campaign, 'We love red tape'

TUC highlights the importance of health and safety rules at 2017 Congress

We love red tape

11 September 2017

Asbestos and serious injury lawyer Harminder Bains welcomes today’s discussions at the Trade Union Conference on the importance of health and safety regulations.

Harminder has represented hundreds of clients who have been exposed to asbestos and other hazardous chemicals in the workplace, leaving them at risk of developing the lung cancer mesothelioma and other industrial diseases, and fatal injuries.

She also represents several former Johnson Matthey employees who became sensitised to precious metal after being exposed to platinum salts whilst working for the company. This left the claimants unable to work at the factory and they were dismissed.

Whilst accepting that the claimants were negligently exposed to dangerous levels of platinum salts Johnson Matthey has refused to pay out compensation. 

Harminder is extremely concerned that any move to deregulate safety regulations will roll back the protection workers currently enjoy, and return them to Victorian workplace practices as so vividly exposed by Charles Dickens.

The duty of care that employers owe to their employees is critically important to workers who are injured or develop industrial illnesses.  The Johnson Matthey case is due to be heard in the Supreme Court on 27 and 28 November and has the potential to redefine the duty of care owed by employers to their employees.

Harminder will represent the claimants at the Supreme Court together with Robert Weir QC and Patrick Kerr.

Harminder Bains said:

“Red tape protects us all and rather than being cut up should be preserved to protect us all.  Rather than the Government sweeping aside public protection it should be preserving it at all cost.  I welcome the Hazards Campaign, ‘We love red tape’, and urge the Government to reject calls from companies who seek to reduce the protection workers enjoy in a bid to raise their profits.”

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