Gregory Perrins in successful Health & Safety prosecution

5 November 2015

Gregory Perrins recently concluded a joint prosecution between the HSE and the CPS before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith of a company whose employee lost his life due to poor health and safety procedures, in particular practices leading to him being crushed to death by a JCB. After 4 years of denying any wrongdoing the company eventually pleaded guilty to offences under the Health & Safety at Work Act, part way through the trial following a sustained cross examination. Following the death of their employee the company director and the company’s health and safety consultant (a magistrate) set about covering up the failings in the company’s health and safety practices by creating a series of false documents to give the impression that the company was more diligent than it in fact was. After a trial lasting nearly 3 weeks the company director was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Sentence has been adjourned. See press report below:

1. Eastern Daily Press