Lest anybody was in any doubt about the fact that every employer bears responsibility for the health and safety of their employees and third parties affected by their activities two recent prosecutions put the matter beyond any doubt.

This week saw the commencement of prosecution proceedings against celebrity interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson and her husband following an accident at a wildlife park that they run.

In another case this week a church council in Kensington has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of over £4000 after a worker involved in refurbishment fell from a balcony with an inappropriate temporary barrier in place.

Of course there should never have been any doubt that the rich, famous and celestially well connected are subject to the same laws as small to medium sized business owners but that fact can be easily forgotten if you follow the HSE and Local Authority prosecution activity.

The important point here is that no matter who you are and what type of business or organisation you run, if you employ people you must comply with health and safety law.