Health and safety prosecutions solicitors
Olliers Solicitors have a team of specialist regulatory lawyers with significant experience of health and safety prosecutions.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (also referred to as HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA) is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive, with local authorities (and other enforcing authorities) is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.
The Health and Safety Legislation covers a vast array of areas such as electrical safety, fire safety, gas safety, harmful substances, manual handling, noise, personal protective equipment, pressure equipment, radiations, slips and trips, vibrations, working at height, in confined spaces and workplace transport to name a few.
What types Health and Safety cases can Olliers assist with?
Olliers can advise and represent in relation to:
- Health and Safety incidents in the workplace
- Corporate manslaughter
- Corporate homicide
- Fire safety offences
- Enforcement, improvement and prohibition notices
- Representation of companies and directors at PACE interviews
- Representation at Magistrates’ and Crown Court proceedings
- Attending inquests
- Advise in relation to Health & Safety policies and compliance requirements.
Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive have powers to investigate and impose:-
- Fee for Interventions
- Enforcement Notices
- Improvement Notice
- Prohibition notice
Companies and individuals can be prosecuted under HSWA for breaching the legislation which can lead to an unlimited fine and up to 6 years custody.
In addition to the HSWA The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force on 6th April 2008 and for the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.
Health and Safety prosecutions are on the rise and it is imperative you seek help not only after any accident but make sure that you have the necessary compliance and access to immediate assistance available to you 24 hours each and every day.
Reputation of companies and profits can be severely damaged if businesses are not properly defended or advised.
Here at Olliers Solicitors we bring experience and understanding in giving advice on prevention and providing representation in all areas of Health and Safety litigation. As in every area of our practice we advocate a pro-active approach through negotiations and advice which can reduce the risk of enforcement action being taken.