In February 2016 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its revised guidelines outlining the penalties applicable to corporate health and safety failings – but one year on, what effect have these guidelines had on the construction industry?
Insurance law firm BLM has been tracking construction fines over the past 12 months; their analysis shows that construction firms have been hit with GBP 12.6 million in fines since the new guidelines were introduced. Of these, directors of two construction companies were given custodial sentences; one was handed six years after being convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, the other was sentenced to six months following the death of one of his employees on site.
BLM’s study of the sector also noted that general awareness of the new guidelines and its consequences was far from sound.
Reflecting on these findings, we have compiled the following summary highlighting the potential penalties which can result from workplace safety failings.
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