Health and Safety Lawyers
We are experts in defending our clients from Health and Safety Legislation Prosecution.
The maximum possible penalty for Health & Safety offences varies, but can be huge. For example, for failure to comply with an improvement or prohibition notice is a £20,000 fine and/or a six month period of imprisonment.
This illustrates how serious any potential or actual Health and Safety prosecution can be to individuals and companies. You need protection. Our Health and Safety Lawyers have over 20 years of defending cases like yours so start protecting yourself and your company now and contact us today.
Health and Safety Prosecution Defence
A company or individual business may well receive a visit from the Health and Safety inspector in relation to a number of different situations. Usually the proceedings will begin by a visit to the business premises or location in a number of circumstances. There would then be a decision to prosecute provided there is sufficient evidence to support a Health and Safety prosecution and that it is in the public interest to do so.
A health and safety prosecution will normally follow in the following cases:
- Where a person has been killed due to a breach of health and safety law.
- Where the breach of health and safety regulations or injury is so serious or the general approach of the offender is so bad that it justifies a prosecution.
- Where there have been repeated warnings about failure to comply with health and safety regulations.
- Where work has been carried out without the health and safety license all wear work has been done in breach of the terms of any license.
- Where work has been carried out without a safety case where one is needed or there is a failure to follow the process is set out in a safety case.
- Where the standard of safety management falls far below that expected and causes significant risk.
- Where there has been a failure to comply with an improvement or prohibition notice.
- Where there has been a deliberate attempt to deceive the health and safety officer in relation to a matter which gives rise to a significant risk.
- The health and safety inspectors have been intentionally obstructed in the course of their duties.
Health & Safety Penalties
THE MAXIMUM PENALTY possible under health and safety legislation depends on the specific offence. The maximum penalty, for example, for failure to comply with an improvement or prohibition notice is a £20,000 fine and/or a six month period of imprisonment.
This illustrates how serious any potential or actual Health and Safety prosecution can be to individuals and companies. Our Health and Safety Lawyers fully appreciate the potential consequences and assure you that every effort will be made to protect the interests of any individual or limited company that instructs us.
Expert Health & Safety Lawyers
Our Health and Safety Lawyers bring a significant amount of expertise and experience to any such situation and should be contacted immediately upon any notification from the Health and Safety Authority that they intend to commence an investigation or criminal prosecution.
Our Health and Safety Lawyers understand that the potential consequences for an individual or corporate client can be very serious and our assurance is that every effort will be made to either successfully defend or minimise any damage that may be caused to our clients as a result of a Health and Safety prosecution.
Should we represent a client in such a prosecution that is ultimately dealt with by the Crown Court, an essential part of your legal team will include a Barrister to work along side us, who will be specifically by us based upon their knowledge and experience.
FAQ: Why would a health and safety officer visit me?
A company or individual business may well receive a visit from the health and safety inspector in relation to a number of different situations. Usually the proceedings will begin to buy a visit to the business premises or location in a number of circumstances. There would then be a decision to prosecute provided there is sufficient evidence to support a health and safety prosecution and that it is in the public interest to do so. Read more about our Health and Safety Defence service.
What Our Customers Say
"Professional Defence Lawyers were able to massively reduce the extent and level of seriousness of the health and safety prosecution we faced. They were outstanding throughout, and significantly reduced the financial penalty we expected to receive."
Read more about the Health and Safety Executive Prosecution case study.
"PDL successfully defended us in court and achieved a not guilty verdict when one of our employees was injured. PDL were able to see that the worker didn't follow the strict H&S procedures we have put in place and their expertise in this area helped us to prove our innocence."
Read more about the Provisions of Use at Work Regulation case study.
Contact Professional Defence Lawyers Today
We are expert solicitors acting for the defence in proceedings of Health and Safety charges. We have been practicing in this field for over 20 years so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us free on 0800 634 7022 or fill out our confidential online enquiry form.