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Health and safety at work legislation – Know your rights and responsibilities.

The Health and Safety at Work legislation sets out the responsibilities of employers and employees.

  • Training (and re training), instruction and supervision;
  • Safe equipment
  • Maintenance/inspection/cleaning records
  • PPE where appropriate
  • Health and Safety procedure to include an accident report form/accident book
  • Risk Assessments on – the task AND the equipment
  • Policies and procedures re health and safety
  • Document reports of hazards/faults requiring repair
  • Arrange to have hazards/faults repaired immediately
  • Have a first aider on site and first aid facilities.

Employees have a duty to:

  • Take care for health and safety of him/herself and others who may be effected by his/her acts or omissions;
  • Cooperate with employer to enable health and safety to be carried out;
  • Keep work place clean and tidy
  • Switch off faulty machines
  • Warn others of potential hazards
  • Report hazards/faults immediately
  • If hazard/fault found – secure area and put warning signs in place

At Robert G Sinclair Solicitors we offer you the best possible service.

Mairead O’Boyle has extensive experience in personal injury and she has acted for leading Insurers and retailers in defending slips, trip and falls arising out of employer and public liability claims.  She has given presentations to Insurers on fraudulent claims and to retailers and manufacturers on health and safety in the work place.

She has also acted for local businesses in relation to breaches of the health and safety legislation where serious injury has occurred and attended PACE interviews.

Mairead O’Boyle

Associate

Belfast Solicitor Mairead has over 20 years experience in litigation. She spent 19 years with a large commercial law firm in Belfast before taking up a role in a public inquiry and then joined the expanding litigation team at Robert G Sinclair.

Mairead is recognised in the Legal 500 for her knowledge of personal injury and clinical negligence. She is described in the Legal 500 as ”very thorough, engaging, knowledgeable and astute”. She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (“APIL”).

Mairead O’Boyle has extensive experience in personal injury and she has acted for leading Insurers and retailers in defending slips, trip and falls arising out of employer and public liability claims. She is highly experienced in motor claims including car hire matters. She has given presentations to Insurers on fraudulent claims and to retailers and manufacturers on health and safety in the work place. She has also acted for local businesses in relation to breaches of the health and safety legislation where serious injury has occurred and attended PACE interviews. Mairead can offer clients a unique service of carrying out preliminary investigations and preparing reports in relation to liability and quantum. This has enabled Insurers to settle claims at an early stage, where it is appropriate to do so and Mairead is a keen negotiator and has experience in settling high court and county court claims, including complex scarring injury claims.

For 19 years Mairead O’Boyle acted for a leading Livestock Insurer and is familiar with all liability issues associated with the ownership of animals, in particular, horses and dogs. Her experience in this area of insurance has developed from her experience in prosecuting individuals under the dogs order on behalf of two local councils. The prosecutions have ranged from no dog licences to dog attacks on persons and sheep and seizure of prohibited breeds of dogs. She has also provided advice notes for the local authorities regarding the dogs legislation. In addition, she has undertaken prosecution work regarding breaches of health and safety where fatalities have occurred, littering offences, breaches of the Sunday trading laws, breaches of the tobacco order and breaches of the bye-laws relating to consumption of intoxicating liquor in designated areas. She has experience in other criminal matters including defending motoring offences, assault charges and theft offences.

Mairead is keen to develop her expertise in professional negligence claims and is currently acting for a bank against an expert associated with a property evaluation. She is particularly interested in medical negligence and has increased her expertise in this area over the last number of years. She has acted in high value cases where individuals experienced catastrophic life changing injuries requiring future surgery and nursing care. She has also acted for minors who were mis-diagnosed of a condition which had severe consequences not only physically and psychologically but it affected their education and career.

Outside work, Mairead is a busy Mum of twins and enjoys a good walk in the Glens of Antrim when she has time to do so!

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