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HSE Prosecution Update

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As you may already know, the limits on fines for Health and Safety offences have gone up and dramatically so. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes the figures for prosecutions and the fines each year. The latest figures being produced up to March 2018 (provisionally). Please note that these figures will include Scotland.

Overall the total amount of fines has increased again to £72,614,869, which is a dramatic increase on the years of 2014/2015 (£18,072,811), the final year before the sentencing guidelines were introduced toward the end of 2015/2016. This increase is despite the falling number of prosecutions as shown below.

Total amount of fines

Number of Prosecutions


The HSE has broken these figures down by industry for us:



Industries with the highest amount of total fines

Industries with highest Average Fine per conviction

All industries are subject to the fines and just because you are not in the manufacturing or construction industry does not mean you will not get prosecuted. It is now more important than ever to be on the right side of the health and safety at work act.

ICB Group’s Risks Managers can help with H&S audits to help you stay compliant. Please contact us for more information.



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