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A&L Alan Roberts

  1. 1. Presentation to Hospitality Expo 2012 Alan Roberts A&L Goodbody 22 February 2012 Health and Safety Law in the Hospitality Sector – Practical Advice for Employers, Owners and Operators
  2. 2. <ul><li>Nine core obligations as “Employer” </li></ul><ul><li>Two recent Court cases </li></ul><ul><li>Three real life case studies from the Hospitality Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Advice on how to deal with HSA investigations and prosecutions </li></ul>Running Order
  3. 3. <ul><li>Safety Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining a safe workplace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- www.hsa.ie </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Safety representative </li></ul>Your legal obligations as “ Employer”
  4. 4. <ul><li>Consultation/Employee responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Physical and mental health risks </li></ul><ul><li>Working time </li></ul><ul><li>Record keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Some practical tips </li></ul>Your legal obligations as “Employer”
  5. 5. <ul><li>HSA v Wicklow County Council </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HSA is an active prosecutor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DPP v PJ Carey Contractors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defence for the good and conscientious employer </li></ul></ul>Recent Health & Safety Caselaw
  6. 6. <ul><li>Inspection of restaurant identified trip hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement Notice served </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up inspection 7 months later </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cable trailing across a step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cluttered storage room </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Successful prosecution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine of Stg£1,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plus costs of prosecution </li></ul></ul>Case Study 1 – Trip Case
  7. 7. <ul><li>Catering Assistant suffered burns on her back and on her feet </li></ul><ul><li>Emptying a deep fat fryer and plastic bucket melted </li></ul><ul><li>Investigation found </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No safe system of work in place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor level of training and supervision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Successful Prosecution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine of Stg£16,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs of Stg£9,500 </li></ul></ul>Case Study 2 – Burn Case
  8. 8. <ul><li>Kitchen worker suffered a fractured skull and is unlikely to work again </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen floor was very slippery and safety mats were wholly ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>Successful prosecution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stg£36,000 in fines and costs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improvement Notice served requiring complete replacement of the floor </li></ul>Case Study 3 – Slip Case
  9. 9. <ul><li>Powers of Inspection </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations </li></ul><ul><li>Statutory Notices </li></ul>HSA – Inspections and Investigations
  10. 10. <ul><li>How can Health & Safety law really bite? </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Prosecutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Penalties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Onus of Proof is on the employer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal Criminal Liability for Directors </li></ul>HSA Prosecutions
  11. 11. <ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><li>Check HSA inspector’s authorisation </li></ul><ul><li>Call your solicitors </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a record of documents examined </li></ul><ul><li>Consider exercising right to silence </li></ul>HSA Investigations and Prosecutions
  12. 12. <ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><li>Consider separate legal representation? </li></ul><ul><li>Stop the infringement </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that the Gardai will usually investigate any serious accident also </li></ul>HSA Investigations and Prosecutions
  13. 13. <ul><li>Don’ts: </li></ul><ul><li>Do not obstruct HSA inspectors </li></ul><ul><li>Do not volunteer information or have informal “chats” </li></ul><ul><li>Do not hide or destroy documents </li></ul><ul><li>Do not sign anything without legal advice </li></ul>HSA Investigations and Prosecution
  14. 15. Contact Details Alan Roberts Partner and Joint Head of Planning & Environment Group A&L Goodbody Dublin, Ireland Tel +353 (0)1 649-2108 [email_address]

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