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Hazard Management and Emergency Planning by John Handmer, Dennis Parker

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SECTION III

Explanatory perspectives

CHAPTER 7

Legal responsibilities for industrial emergency planning in the UK

BRENDA BARRETT and RICHARD HOWELLS

 

Introduction

The English legal system tends to be re-active rather than pro-active. This generality certainly applies to its approach to the setting up of systems for accident prevention and damage control.

When an accident has occurred the victims who suffer personal injury or damage to property, may bring civil actions for damages; possibly, but less probably, there may be prosecutions, especially if the accident has caused death. The common law system, which originated in England but is now the paramount influence throughout the whole of the United Kingdom, made little or no provision for accident ...

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