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.
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