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Fewer HSE Prosecutions, Bigger Fines

The latest figures released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show that a verdict was reached in 517 cases prosecuted by the HSE (or the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland) in 2017/18 a fall from 612 cases in 2016/17.

Written on 27th December 2018

Of those cases a conviction for at least one offence was reached in 493 (95% of cases) leading to £72.6million in fines being issued. This represents an average fine of £147,000 per case an increase from £126,000 per case in 2016/17.

In addition to the fines around 7% of prosecutions resulted in an immediate custodial sentence and a further 9% in a suspended sentence.

In 2017/18 there were also 11,522 enforcement notices issued by the HSE and local authorities (8,942 by the HSE, 2,580 local authorities) a decrease of 3% compared to the previous year.

The latest enforcement statistics can be downloaded from the HSE’s website.

The Health and Safety support service provided by our sister company PIB Risk Management can help you plan ahead, identify areas for improvement and maintain legal compliance.

Please speak to your usual Franklands contact if you have any questions or would like to arrange a Health and Safety compliance audit. 

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