The UK Government has announced plans to change the law in England and Wales to help ‘everyday heroes’ volunteer or go to the rescue of people in danger without the fear of being sued.
The changes will mean that judges will be required to give weight to three additional factors when deciding negligence cases:
The changes will make sure that good Samaritans and community heroes will have the law on their side, the Government said.
The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has said that it broadly welcomes the changes.
“We fully support volunteering and broadly welcome the ‘good Samaritans’ law, if it helps encourage positive volunteering and more public spirit,” said IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones
“Of course, Government will need arrangements in place to look after anyone seriously harmed in the situations they describe – where people do their best, but things still go wrong,” he added.
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