60% rise in HSE fines for employers

Employers that breach health and safety laws are receiving harsher penalties as a result of changes in the way prosecutions are handled according to a report released by the HSE.

The changes recently implemented under the Health and Safety Offences Act have seen more cases going to court with increased fines for those convicted. Prison sentences are also on the rise for employers who flaunt the rules and show little regard for the safety of staff and the public.

Key findings in the report:

  • the average fine imposed by the courts involving breaches of health and safety regulations alone increased by 60%, from £4,577 to £7,310
  • for cases involving breaches of both health and safety regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) the average increase was 25%, from £13,334 to £16,730

Read the full HSE report