HWL Ebsworth safety group has noted that safety regulators across the country are starting to focus on human factors giving rise to safety incidents in workplaces. This trend has arisen as safety regulators are looking to drive the next step change in safety improvements in Australia.
HWL Ebsworth has become a dominant player in this market and we regularly defend employers and directors and officers who are being prosecuted by regulators under safety and criminal law. We provide advice on minimising the impact of a prosecution on our clients’ businesses and their employees. We appear regularly in multiple courts in response to proceedings brought under safety legislation, including summary proceedings in the Magistrates Court and indictable proceedings before a jury.
The Group has expertise in managing major incidents and in assisting our clients to achieve legal compliance and in pro-actively managing health and safety risks on an ongoing basis. We support you in liaising with statutory authorities, the police, the media, employees and key stakeholders and independent experts. We work with our clients to proactively manage major incidents to reduce risks and to ensure full operations as soon as possible and to develop policies, procedures and risk management practices and systems aimed at avoiding workplace incidents occurring.