HSE Public register of UK prosecutions online

Source: Health & Safety Executive 2000, 31 October 2000

An online Public register of HSE prosecutions of UK companies is now online by HSE.

HSE enforces health and safety legislation for some industry sectors in the UK – it covers factories, building sites, mines, farms, fairgrounds, quarries, railways, chemical plant, offshore and nuclear installations, schools, hospitals and other places where there is a work activity.
The site is updated on a weekly basis – and HSE has taken steps to ensure that cases subject to appeal are not published. To account for the appeals process, we allow 6 weeks to elapse after a conviction before a case is added. Where HSE is notified of an appeal outside this time period, the case will be removed from the database.

You will not find cases on this site for Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland authorities.

Our 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 HSE’s enforcement policy to decide on the most appropriate action to take.

HSE prosecute 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".

The information in this Register is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and any use of the information in contravention of that Act may result in a prosecution