Health & Safety Solicitors

Here at HSR we specialise in criminal law defence and are well placed to assist private and corporate clients who need to defend criminal allegations. In particular, our advice and representation services for individuals facing criminal investigations include comprehensive support for proceedings brought by the Health & Safety Executive.

We provide full guidance during any investigation process, along with representation for staff, managers and directors at interviews under caution. In addition, we will act on your company and directors’ behalf during serious incident investigations. If necessary, we represent corporate clients’ interests at inquests in Coroner’s Courts and during other coronial law proceedings.

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If you require specialist legal advice to deal with criminal allegations or proceedings initiated by the Health & Safety Executive, contact us today. We will be glad to assist with initial advice and to arrange an appointment for you.

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Reducing Risk

With the correct approach to Health and Safety, our clients can rest assured that their business, company or other organisation complies with regulations. If you value a proactive approach and believe that prevention is better than cure, contact us for further advice and information about our safety audit option.

We also provide training to ensure that your staff and organisation meet the requirements of the intricate regulatory framework laid down by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). In particular, we offer expertise in contract and supply chain management, along with risk management procedures and updates on Health and Safety Law, including directors’ duties.

Managing Incidents

Following on-site incidents, our clients receive round the clock support and full representation throughout formal investigation processes and prosecutions. Our Health & Safety solicitors assist with managing business reputation, including an early case assessment to establish potential liability for workplace injuries and requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 2013. Also known as RIDDOR, these detailed regulations apply throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

Reporting Requirements

RIDDOR designates the individual(s) who control workplaces as the responsible person and makes them responsible for reporting serious accidents. Occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences that do not necessarily result in an actual accident (referred to as ‘near misses’) also require reports. As well as incidents with working at height and asbestos problems, this category includes spillage of carcinogens or biological agents, along with gas incidents.

RIDDOR regulations specify a list of injuries that includes:

  • Fractures (except fingers, thumbs and toes) and amputations.
  • Injuries that could cause permanent loss of or reduction in sight.
  • Crush injuries either to the head that cause brain damage or to the chest which cause damage to internal organs.
  • Unconsciousness due to asphyxia or head injury.
  • Resuscitation, or hospital admission for more than twenty-four hours.
  • Injuries when working in enclosed spaces that lead to hyperthermia or other heat-induced illness, or hypothermia (excessive cold).
  • Burns or scalding to more than 10 per cent of the body area – or those that affect the eye(s), the respiratory system or other vital organs.
  • Scalping, if hospital treatment is required.

Accidents must also be reported within fifteen days if the injury causes more than seven days of sickness absence or the inability to work as usual. Conversely, if the worker is off sick for between three and fourteen consecutive days, the accident has to be recorded, not reported. An entry in the accident book should suffice.

Reports are mandatory for injuries sustained by members of the public if the person affected is taken directly to hospital, except if the medical attention extends only to examinations and diagnostic tests.

Occupational diseases such as severe cramps, vibration syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis (including if attributable to RSI or repetitive strain injury in the hands or forearms) all require reports. Additionally, work-related asthma or dermatitis, occupational cancer, diseases due to biological agents and the accidental release of harmful substances are subject to mandatory reporting.

Near misses that are subject to reporting requirements include a collapse of an elevator or lifting equipment, as well as machinery that comes into direct contact with electrical power lines. Similarly, registered gas engineers have to report dangerously defective gas appliances, i.e. those that could cause fatalities, loss of consciousness or hospitalisation due to harmful emissions.

We provide full guidance during any investigation process, along with representation for staff, managers and directors at interviews under caution. In addition, we will act on your company and directors’ behalf during serious incident investigations. If necessary, we represent corporate clients’ interests at inquests in Coroner’s Courts and during other coronial law proceedings.

We also guide clients who receive fee for intervention requests, where the HSE attempts to recover costs incurred during investigations and inspections.

Complying with Health and Safety Regulations

For companies who wish to check their current level and the effectiveness of protective measures, our experts offer advice and informal internal audits. We will work to ensure your organisation is fully compliant within your sector and remains so. We tailor practical advice to anticipate issues for your company, bearing in mind the regulatory environment and the importance of a proactive approach.

Of course, it is also important to actively encourage safe working practices and the use of protective measures in the workplace. If you are responsible for Health & Safety compliance in retail, office, warehouse or construction environments, you may wish to ensure that staff members are fully aware of best working practices and their responsibilities. Such training and instruction reduces the risk of accidents or injuries and, consequently, possible claims for negligence.

For these reasons, periodic reminders about critical health and safety regulations, recent updates and details of how to comply with any recently introduced or revised recommendations and rules should be available in the workplace. We suggest including the necessary information on company websites, notice boards and in training handouts.

If you require specialist legal advice to deal with risk mitigation, criminal allegations or proceedings initiated by the Health & Safety Executive, contact us today. We will be glad to assist with initial advice and to arrange an appointment for you.

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CLIENT SATISFACTION

“I’ve been instructed by Harry’s firm and I’ve appeared as prosecution counsel in two cases where Harry represented one of the defendants and I can say that they always provide a professional highly competent service. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Harry and HSR to anyone looking for criminal solicitors.”

David Allan, Barrister,

“Having worked with Harry and HSR over a long period of time, I am always impressed by the diligence and care provided on all matters. The professional advice is always provided in a clear manner and has often led to better commercial results due to his great negotiation skills.”

Perninder Dhadwar, Client

“Harry Rana is an innovative outside the box thought leader. His approach to the law is a client centric manner. His sense of social justice goes beyond sentiments and he actualizes it through his extra curricular pro bono work. I would highly recommend potential clients to use Harry Rana’s services.”

Rajen Doobay, BA, MSc

“I have known Harry for over twelve years and worked with him in the legal industry on many cases. He has always provided a professional service to both professional and lay clients. Harry is someone I can strongly recommend.”

Sean Gould, Diversity Officer, Society of Asian Lawyers

“Harry impressed me greatly when organising events on behalf of the Society of Asian Lawyers. Always in control, a smooth operator who builds effective relationships which deliver.”

Nazir Afzal OBE, Senior Clerk, 15 New Bridge Street

“Harry is one of the best people I have had the pleasure of working with and in all the years I have use his expertise to help me with my business it has been a pleasure to work with.”

Sav Kyriacou, Client

“I have dealt with Harry in relation to my business and am happy to recommend him to anyone who has need of his services. I have found him to be efficient, courteous and able to achieve results.”

Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, Principal Loss Adjuster, International Claims Adjusters – Fulmar Consulting Limited

“Harry is a brilliant lawyer. Sharp, sees the complete picture and always provides a great service to his clients.”

Sangita Sangar, Partner, Real Estate Team, Sheridans

“Mr Rana is a highly skilled and competent lawyer who I would recommend in a heart beat”

Gary Lucy, Client

“I have worked with Harry on a number of heavy criminal cases such as fraud and murder. He is very committed but also realistic and practical. He has sound judgement and does not interfere once a Strategy has been agreed upon.”

Michael Wood QC, Queens Counsel and Recorder, Self employed barrister
“Great Results, Personable, Good Value”
Asif Khan, Client

“Harry is a hard-working and energetic solicitor who excels in preparing cases for trial, and in providing robust and professional advice.”

Nick Wayne, Barrister, Argent Chambers

“As a busy barrister you always appreciate it when your instructing solicitor knows his case, knows the client and understands all the subtle advantages and disadvantages of litigation decisions. All the more so when you are briefed on a late return for a distant case involving a complicated fraud matter – as I was. Harry saved the day. I recall he worked very hard on that difficult case; certainly his industry was beyond the call of duty and most effective – I have no hesitation recommending him.”

Jonathan Lennon, Barrister, 23 Essex Street Chambers

“I worked with Harry as my solicitor in many individual cases. He is excellent. Always on the end of the phone when you needed him. The work he and his team produced was second to none, and I would recommend him to any individual or organisation”.

Russell Ross, Experienced Credit Control Manager

“I have worked together with Harry for a number of years. Harry is unfailing in his commitment to his clients and their cases. Harry always delivers in achieving the best possible outcomes often in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Rajinder Gill, Barrister

“Harry’s vision and “can do” attitude, assisted me greatly when acting for me in quite a complex legal matter.
His straight forward approach distinguishes him from the other “run of the mill” lawyers, making it easy for a client to consider the legal position in addition to the commercial realities of the modern business environment.”

Miles Dosanjh, Legal Contracts Manager for Chubb Electronic Security

“Harry provided me with an outstanding service and was very knowledgeable – would definitely recommend him to anyone.”

Ketan Kothari, Account Manager at SAP

“Harry Rana is a highly regarded, effective and charismatic lawyer. He knows how to relate to people to gain the best results time and time again.”

Carine Wayne-Campbell, Consultant

“Harry is a genuine professional and one of the most reliable people I have ever worked with.
If you need legal advice reach out to Harry, nothing phases him and more importantly he likes to win!”

Roxy Ali, Account Manager Gartner Events EMEA

“Harry and I have worked on a number of serious criminal cases together, ranging from complex frauds to murder. Harry is a fearless solicitor who fights hard for his clients, however tough the battle. He is a master tactician who utilises his knowledge of law and procedure to great advantage, and whose negotiating skills are legendary. If you are in trouble, this is the lawyer you want on your side.”

Sailesh Mehta, Barrister