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Higher fines hit manufacturing hardest but gaining support, says law firm

Higher fines hit manufacturing hardest but gaining support, says law firm

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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