Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Regulation 21: Provisions as to liability.
This states that....
"nothing in the relevant statutory provisions shall operate so as to afford an employer a defence in any criminal proceedings for a contravention of those provisions by reason of any act or default of-
a) An employee of his; or
b) A person appointed by him under regulation 7."
The meaning that the Health and Safety Executive and Crown Prosecution Service have sought to attach to this regulation would, if not for the elegance of the Court of Appeal, reduce industrial accident prevention to an absurdity...Read More.