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This site gives details of prosecution cases obtained by Health & Safety Executive (HSE),  which resulted in a successful conviction.

This public register of prosecution/enforcement notices has recently been updated following a major change to HSE's IT system that supplies this data. We thank you for your patience whilst we have brought this register up to date.

HSE has taken steps to ensure cases subject to appeal are not published. To account for the appeals process and quality assurance, we allow 9 weeks to elapse following conviction before a case is added. Where HSE is notified of an appeal outside this time period, the case will be removed from the site.

Cases involving the prosecution of individuals will appear on the prosecutions database for a period of five years and then be removed from the site. Cases against individuals under the age of 18 will be removed sooner.

Cases involving the prosecution of corporate bodies, and therefore not subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 are removed from the prosecutions database after 5 years and placed in the Prosecutions History Database. Details of Crown Censures taken by HSE are available under 'Documents'.

HSE enforces health and safety legislation for most industry sectors in Great Britain - we cover factories, building sites, mines, farms, fairgrounds, quarries, chemical plant, offshore and nuclear installations, schools, hospitals and other places where there is a work activity. You will not find cases on this site for Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland authorities.

Prior to 1 April 2006, HSE also enforced health and safety legislation for railways and you will find relevant cases on the prosecutions database - however, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) became the health and safety regulator for the rail industry when responsibility was transferred from HSE on 1 April 2006.

HSE inspectors normally enforce health and safety standards by giving advice on how to comply with the law. Sometimes we must order people to make improvements and if necessary, prosecute them. Inspectors follow HSC's Enforcement Policy Statement to decide on the most appropriate action to take.

HSE prosecutes both companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. When we prosecute someone, we prepare a "Case" against them. The case may involve one or more instances when the defendant has failed to comply with health and safety law - each one of these is called a "Breach".

Sentences imposed by the courts take into account a wide range of factors unique to the circumstances and context of the particular case and defendant, and there are no standard "tariffs" for health and safety offences.

 How to search
Link to search Find cases or breaches using a single item of information (e.g. defendant's name)
Link to advanced search Find cases or breaches using multiple search items
Link to geographical search Find cases or breaches by geographic area (e.g. region)
Link to industry search Find cases or breaches by industry (e.g. construction) or the main activity (e.g. plastering)

IMPORTANT : When searching for prosecutions which have resulted from a fatality, only convictions reportable following fatalities under RIDDOR - The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 are returned. Although all convictions following a fatality are available to view on this site, any which are not RIDDOR reportable, won't be returned using the 'resulting from a fatality' search criteria.

Further details are available under Help.