Can a volunteer sue a policy agency?

The volunteer in question is next to HM Coastguard and needs to know if he can sue on health and safekeeping grounds as he has never had the right equipment issued contained by the 3 years he has been a volunteer.He is not equipped to do the assignment properly. The training has been uncoordinated and blanket to say the least , and expense claims submitted hold taken 2 years to be paid , only one paid when he made a formal complaint.The whole situation is supposed to be being investigated by a senior officer but we don't see much evidence for this.
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He should seek direction from his union representative. The union for HM Coastguard is the PCS.
No.

H&S and workplace regulations apply only to those who are employed or engaged for remuneration (the self-employed, for example). They do not apply to volunteers.

Volunteers own to rely upon common law negligence.

But as the volunteer within question has not be injured, what exactly is he intending to sue for? Source(s): I'm a lawyer.
What exactly would they be suing for and what outcome would they expect? They do not appear to have a claim for loss or injury arising from the agency's negligence because nearby is no mention of any loss or injury or specific negligence. Maybe, the person hopes to force the agency to conduct itself in a focused way with admiration to training and the payment of expenses. Where there is statutory duty to get something done certain acts surrounded by a certain way, it MAY be possible to ask a court to decree that the acts be performed though I would lug legal advice in the past starting such an action. It is always possible to sue for money legitimately owed and overdue though 'possible' does not intimate 'practical' or 'sensible'.

The fact the person does not see much evidence of matter being investigated by a senior office does not anticipate investigations are not taking place. The fact that a soul may fail to see the logic in a system of training does not necessarily show the training is less than it needs to be though it might ably be that better communication between the agency and the volunteer would avoid feelings of frustration. I am not saying any side is right or wrong, only that there is much we do not know.

If investigations seem to be to be stalled, maybe it makes sense to ask give or take a few their progress and to complain if progress seems slower than it should be. At some point, if our situation becomes intolerable to us and we enjoy exhausted all avenues for remedying the situation, we are left near little choice other than to vote with our foot. It feels an unsatisfactory outcome but we have to acknowledge that not every unsatisfactory situation creates grounds for court action ... and neither should it.
as you would expect
but usually doesn't make any difference
Well JZD, organisations still have a duty of safekeeping towards their volunteers. Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes a duty on every employer ‘to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that people not in their employment, who may be affected by their undertaking, are not exposed to risks to their vigour or safety’, and ‘to give to persons (not anyone their employees) who may be affected in a prescribed bearing information as might affect their health or safety’.

I think the issue here is ongoing poor work practise. The volunteer should bump up their concerns in writing and if they can get adjectives the other volunteers to sign the letter then adjectives the better. Have you tried getting your MP involved? Source(s): http://www.volunteering.org.uk/NR/rdonly…


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