The manufacturing and construction sectors have “borne the brunt” of the new sentencing guideline, with total fines jointly rising by 93% in the year after the court guide came into force, according to a new analysis of fines by law firm Clyde & Co.
Health and Safety: Headlines and high fines, released 31 July, finds that total penalties for the two sectors combined came to £35.7m in the year to 31 January 2017, compared to £18.5m in the year before the guideline came into force on 1 February 2016.
In total, the Treasury collected £61.6m in fines from all the prosecutions brought by the HSE in the 12 months after the guideline came into effect. This compares to £35.5m in the preceding 12 months.
Clyde & Co also found that 46 company directors and senior managers were prosecuted by the HSE – mainly drawn from the construction and manufacturing sectors – compared to just 15 in the previous year.
Rhian Greaves, head of compliance and strategic support at Clyde & Co’s safety, health and environment team, said: “The floodgates are open with more fines exceeding £1m this year than in the previous 15 years combined.
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