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Health and safety - HSE investigations

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 investigation solicitors if a case against their company ever arose. Call our expert solicitors on 01616 966 229.

 

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The importance of hiring a health and safety investigation 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 2019 include:

  • 147 fatal injuries to workers in 2018/19
  • 69,208 non-fatal injuries to employees reported by employers in 2018/19
  • 1.4 million workers suffering from work related ill health cases (new or long standing) in 2018/19
  • 28.2 billion working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2018/19
  • 12,000 lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work
  • 2,526 mesothelioma deaths in 2017, with a similar number of lunng cancer deaths linked to past exposures to asbestos

Our HSE investigation 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
  • Requests for information from HSE and local authority
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Corporate manslaughter and homicide
  • Gross negligence manslaughter
  • HSE and local authority investigations
  • Enforcement, improvement and prohibition notices
  • Appeals against improvement and enforcement notices
  • Representing companies and directors at PACE interviews
  • Advice and representation at all stages of Magistrates’ and Crown Court proceedings
  • Advising on health and safety policies and compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Accident investigations (including fatalities) by the police, Health and Safety Executive, local authorities and fire authorities
  • Attending coroners inquests
  • The control and removal of asbestos
  • Health and safety at construction sites including the CDM Regulations

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 01616 966 229 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.

Recent HSE investigation cases

Our specialst HSE investigation solicitors act for a wide range of clients, recent examples of our cases include: 

  • Our lawyers acted for a tree surgery business after the injury of a self-employed contractor
  • Our lawyers acted in the investigation of the inadequate and inappropriate removal of asbestos from a private rented property
  • Our lawyers acted in the prosecution of a sole trader for gas safety offences
  • Our lawyers acted in an investigation into a wall collapse on a construction site
  • Our lawyers acted for business owners after an accident involving heavy construction machinery, resulting in amputation of the lower limb
  • Our lawyers acted in the investigation of a scaffolding business after a fall from height
  • Our lawyers acted for the owners of a large manufacturing business after an accident in which the worker lost digits
  • Our lawyers acted for the landlord of a public house after a staff member fell and sustained an injury
  • Our lawyers acted in the investigation of an engineering consultancy after concerns regarding outdated procedures

*Health and safety at work - summary statistics for Great Britain 2019

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