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H&S prosecutions have trebled in 2016

01 November 2016

Prosecutions of company directors have trebled this year, analysis of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) records has revealed.

However, the number of employees prosecuted for health and safety failings involved just one case.

The figures were published by Clyde & Co, gathered from the HSE.

These showed that 15 senior management personnel were subject to HSE prosecutions in the 12 months up to March 2015, compared to 46 for the period ending in March this year.

Following the 46 cases, guilty verdicts were returned for 34, with 12 of these receiving prison sentences of up to two years.

The company's research also showed a 43% rise in the total value of fines imposed, compared with the previous 12 month period.

A total of £14.4m was accrued through health and safety fines in the period from February to August 2015.

This rose to £20.6m for the same period this year, with Clyde & Co stating that the figure is likely to be higher when cases prosecuted by local authorities are included.

Companies falling foul of health and safety legislation have been told to expect of "millions of pounds" by the legal firm, especially when repeat offences are involved.

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