There are 2 parts to the law – civil and criminal. They’re not the same.
As an employer, you must protect your workers and others from getting hurt or ill through work.
If you don’t:
- a regulator such as the Health and Safety Executive or local authority may take action against you under criminal law
- the person affected may make a claim for compensation against you under civil law
Neither the Health and Safety Executive nor local authorities enforce civil law or set the rules for the conduct of civil cases.