Manchester not guilty in duty of care court case.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority was recently found not guilty of failing in its duty as an employer to ensure, so far as is practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of its employees for operations in, on or near water. The charges were brought under Section Two of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The HSE expects specific and detailed policies to plan for every eventuality. With the ever-increasing threats, particularly that of terrorism and the broader rescue role for the Service specified in the new Fire and Rescue Act 2004, this is impossible to do. Specific policies will only prevent the emergency services from taking any action to save lives, claimed the brigade. …

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