The importance of hiring a health and safety solicitor
Health and safety laws affect all businesses from sole traders to multi-national companies. Recent years have seen major changes in the way in which incidents are investigated and significant increases to the fines that can be imposed. The range and complexity of health and safety legislation means that it is important to seek advice pro-actively, to ensure that your company is compliant with the law, rather than waiting for an accident to happen.
If a company is prosecuted, in addition to the prospect of significant fines and damaging publicity, there is the possibility of custodial sentences for company directors or officers. If the worst happens and your company faces investigation by the police, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or local authority, it is vital to obtain specialist legal advice from the outset in order to protect your company’s position.
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 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