Whether you are an individual or a company an investigation or prosecution in relation to health and safety breaches or corporate manslaughter can be stressful and take up an enormous amount of resources.
New tough sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences mean that the Courts can now impose fines in excess of £10 million. The Courts have the power to effectively put organisations out of business if they believe breaches are sufficiently serious. Individuals can also face the prospect of a prison sentence in certain circumstances.
Adverse publicity following a major accident can also have serious financial implications.
Our areas of expertise
We are able to offer practical advice and assistance in a variety of circumstances such as dealing with:
- evidence gathering and requests for information following an accident
- responding to a Prohibition or Enforcement Notice
- advice and representation prior to and during an interview under caution conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the police.
- advice and representation in court
When to ask for advice
It is important that organisations receive the right advice in the initial stages of an investigation - the right approach at the outset is key to obtaining the best possible resolution for client organisations.
Often when instructed at an early stage, we are able to prevent a prosecution from happening altogether or greatly reduce any fine that the Court might impose at a later date.
Preventing H&S issues arising
We regularly conduct talks and workshops with client organisations to assist them in ensuring that they are in compliance with health and safety regulations. It is important to help focus on the important issues which will help avoid any breaches occurring in the first place.
To find out more
Please contact Jae Carwardine or Nicola O’Connor if you would like to discuss any matter or if you would like us to visit you to speak about best practice and review your health and safety checklists and policies.