HSE/Local Authority Investigations - DAC Beachcroft

HSE/Local Authority Investigations

Our extensive experience ensures we can support you and your organisation in dealing with any health and safety, environmental and regulatory incident or challenge. We understand that you need highly responsive lawyers who will ensure that you obtain advice when it suits you.

We provide pragmatic advice and commercial solutions that work for your organisation, including:

  • investigating incidents in the workplace to advise on legal implications
  • advising and supporting you during investigations by the HSE or local authority
  • advice and representation in inquests where the evidence may suggest an individual or organisation is criminally responsible for the death
  • representing clients during interviews under caution
  • defending organisations and individuals in investigations and prosecutions for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation
  • appealing against enforcement notices
  • challenging FFI Invoices
  • providing compliance advice
  • conducting due diligence on acquisition and sales
  • delivering training to Board members and health and safety managers on dealing with adverse incidents, health and safety legislation and corporate manslaughter

Examples of our work:

  • successfully defending an NHS Trust in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive in a fatal incident where a patient overcame window restrictors whilst on the ward
  • advising an NHS Trust in respect of appeal of Improvement Notices issued by the HSE arising from a legionella investigation
  • representing an NHS Trust in a prosecution brought by the HSE, following an over-exposure to radiation
  • advising a national care home provider in a local authority prosecution brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act, following the death of a service user from hypothermia

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