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Agriculture (Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions) Act 1956

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8Notification of, and keeping of records as to, accidents and diseases

(1)Regulations may be made for requiring—

(a)the notification, to such person and in such form and manner as may be prescribed by the regulations of the occurrence, in the course of agricultural Operations, of accidents of such classes as may be so prescribed and of the contraction by persons engaged in agriculture (whether as workers or not) of such diseases as may be so prescribed ;

(b)the keeping, by an employer of workers employed in agriculture, of records of the occurrence, in the course of agricultural operations, of accidents of such classes as may be prescribed by the regulations, being accidents whereby bodily injury is caused to workers so employed by that employer, and of the contraction by workers so employed by that employer of such diseases as may be so prescribed (whether or not notice of the occurrence of accidents of those classes or, as the case may be, the contraction by persons of those diseases is required to be given by virtue of the foregoing paragraph);

and any such regulations may include provision for requiring a notice or record to be given or made in pursuance of the regulations to be accompanied by or, as the case may be, to include such particulars with respect to the matter notified or recorded as may be prescribed by the regulations.

(2)A person who contravenes any provision of regulations under this section shall be guilty of an offence:

Provided that, in any proceedings taken for a contravention of a provision of such regulations consisting in a failure to give notice or make a record of the occurrence of an accident or the contraction by a person of a disease, it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove that he was not aware that the accident had occurred or, as the case may be, that the first-mentioned person had contracted the disease.

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