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 2017/18 include:
- 144 workers killed at work in 2017/18
- 1.4 million workers suffering from work related ill health (new or long standing) in 2017/18
- 541,000 workers suffering from a new case of work related ill health
- 12,000 lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work
- 2,595 mesothelioma deaths in 2016, with a similar number of lunng cancer deaths linked to past exposures to asbestos
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
- 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.
*HSE website 2018