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Harsher penalties for neglecting safety

22nd January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Changes introduced under the Health and Safety Offences Act are causing more firms to face harsher punishments for breaking health and safety laws. The maximum punishments able to be levelled have increased in an attempt to deter companies from breaking the law.

Penalties in both the lower and higher courts have been increased, and statistics show the harsher penalties are being utilised.

The maximum fine allowable in the lower courts has increased from £5,000 to £20,000. This has caused the average fine imposed by these courts to rise from £4,577 to £7,310; an increase of 60 per cent.

Cases involving breaches of both health and safety regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act saw a similar rise in the average fine imposed, from £13,334 to £16,730.

If firms want to avoid severe financial penalties, they must abide by all health and safety regulations and not neglect vital elements such as safety signage.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801684866-ADNFCR


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