Health and safety solicitors

Health and safety is a complex topic and is an issue that affects all businesses from sole traders to multi-national companies. There are numerous categories within health and safety itself, including general health and safety duties, construction management, corporate manslaughter and homicide, gross negligence, working at height, gas safety, fire safety and many other areas. If a breach of health and safety laws occur there can be large fines imposed for what you may perceive as a minor offence. It is therefore vital for all businesses to contact well-experienced and knowledgeable health and safety solicitors if a case against their company ever arose.

The importance of hiring a health and safety solicitor

Stephensons has a team of expert solicitors trained to the highest standard who are well versed in the specifics and granular details of health and safety law. It is important for business owners to be aware that the earlier you contact a solicitor when a health and safety case arises, the more chance you have of a positive outcome. Therefore, ensure that you do not worry or delay contacting our team of experts if you have any questions, or need some initial advice. Explaining your precise case details to an expert health and safety solicitor will be the first step in working towards a positive result for your business.

It is common for many people to feel pessimistic and that they are alone when they find out that a prosecution is being brought against them. However, statistics* from 08/09 show that:

  • In 2008/09, there were 8,054 enforcement notices issued by HSE and local authorities issued 6,340 notices. This gives a total of 14,427 enforcement notices issued by all enforcing authorities in 2008/09
  • In 2008/09, there were 1,245 offences prosecuted in Great Britain by HSE and ORR, and which were heard in that year

However, it is also absolutely essential for business owners to be aware of the possibilities of injury, illness and even death in regards to their employees. Key figures for Great Britain in regards to health and safety statistics** from 2014/15 include:

  • 142 workers were killed in the workplace
  • 2,538 mesothelioma deaths cause by past asbestos exposures (2013)
  • 611,000 injuries occurred in the workplace, according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness

Our health and safety solicitors experience

If anything from a minor injury to a death happened in a workplace which you as the employer are responsible for, it is important to act fast and speak to our health and safety solicitors for initial advice on what to do going forward. Our health and safety solicitors are able to provide industry-specific advice in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, mining, social care, farming, retail, transport, sports and numerous other areas. Stephensons are well versed in specific areas of health and safety law including, but not limited to:

  • Instant support after a major workplace incident, including onsite visitation if necessary
  • Coroner’s Inquests
  • Requests for information from HSE and local authority
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Interviews under caution
  • Appeals against enforcement notices
  • Corporate manslaughter and homicide
  • Gross negligence manslaughter
  • HSE and local authority investigations
  • Enforcement, improvement and prohibition notices

If you are currently faced with a health and safety court case or you are worried that an incident at work may result in such, contact Stephensons and ask to speak to a health and safety solicitor for further information of how to approach the situation. Ensure you have as much information to hand as possible when contacting Stephensons, in order to be put through to the most appropriate person to assist with your queries. Please call 0203 816 9274 to speak to one of our solicitors or alternatively complete and submit our online enquiry form and someone will contact you as soon as possible in regards to your queries.

*HSE website 2010

** HSE website 2015