What Is a Health and Safety Offence?

If a person or an organisation fails to discharge a duty created by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (or contravenes the act or a requirement imposed by an inspector), they are guilty of an offence and could be subject to certain penalties, including imprisonment.

There are numerous health and safety obligations and concomitant contraventions. Offences can arise out of neglect, connivance or even wilful blindness, as defined in the case of Wotherspoon v HMA 1978 JC 74. A failure to observe codes of practice does not, in itself, render a person liable to criminal proceedings, but it remains both relevant and admissible evidence in a potential prosecution.


Been Charged With A Health & Safety Offence? We Can Help

There are numerous Regulations creating health and safety obligations and concomitant contraventions. It is therefore very important to seek immediate legal advice in the event that you have been accused or suspected of committing such an offence.


It is vital to seek immediate legal advice in the event that you have been accused of committing a health and safety offence. Our expert criminal lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss your case via phone or email.

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