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H&S rule changes result in dramatic rise in fines

01 August 2017

Financial penalties imposed due to health and safety failings have more than doubled following the introduction of new rules in February 2016.

A total of £36.2m in fines was recorded in the 12 months prior to the rule change, compared with £76.7m over the last year, according to The Times.

Manufacturing and construction industry companies paid the highest fines, with the latter having numerous implications for the FM sector.

The newspaper highlighted the case of Balfour Beatty and its fine of £2.6m, following the death of an employee caused by the collapse of a trench while the worker was laying cable for an offshore wind farm.

Following the implementation of the new rules, fines are now influenced by a company's turnover and can reach £20m and more.

According to The Times, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) collected a total of £61.6m last year, compared with £35.5m in 2015.

Local authorities recorded an even more dramatic increase, rising from £800,000 in 2015 to just under £15.2m last year.

The figures were collected through a freedom of information request by the Clyde & Co law firm, the newspaper reported.


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