Health and Safety

Jim Meyer is recognised as a leading lawyer with expertise in the potential criminal liability of businesses following accidents at work and health and safety-related failures. This expertise has been developed over a period of 21 years, whilst Jim acted a solicitor agent contracted by the Health and Safety Executive to undertake criminal prosecutions on its behalf.

Egan Meyer is not an insurance-funded law firm; in reality whilst these are few in number, they dominate the provision of legal services to those finding themselves under scrutiny following an accident or as a result of proactive regulation. We pride ourselves on our personal service and the reality is that the majority of our clients are recommended to us by insurance-led firms because of a potential conflict of interest and because they know they can trust us to see their client right. That said, other clients are simply seeking the advice of specialist lawyers who are completely independent of their insurer and who can help them in terms of the application of and compliance with the primary duties set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, as well as those created and set out in the Act’s subordinate regulations, including:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015;
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007;
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012;
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2005;
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002;
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012;
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989;
  • Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998;
  • Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999;
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998;
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992;
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999;
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998;
  • Radiation (Emergency Preparedness & Public Information) Regulations 2001;
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005;
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Appeals against Improvement Notices and Prohibition Notices

The firm can also assist businesses who are the subject of Enforcement Notices, and advise on whether there are any grounds to appeal to the Employment Tribunal.  Whatever the circumstances, Egan Meyer’s aim is to either vary the terms of the notice or have it overturned altogether, but now the business will need to act quickly; appeals must be lodged within 21 days!

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