Companies could face fines of up to £20 million under new sentencing guidelines issued this month.
The Sentencing Council’s guidance comes into force on the 1st of February 2016 and will apply regardless of the date of the offence. It will give judges a framework of tiered penalties for different sizes of organisation, level of harm risked and culpability.
- New guidance will extend to all health and safety offences
- Fines will be proportionate to the turnover of the company
- Even medium sized companies could face fines of up to £4 million
- Cost-cutting at the expense of safety and a poor record of H&S will lead to increased fines
Key health & safety figures for Great Britain (2014/15)
- 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
- 142 workers killed at work
- 76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
- 611,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
- 27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- £14.3 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2013/14)
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