Do not let this happen to you!Westminster Compliance | 02/03/2018
Since the legislation around health and safety offences changed in 2016 our courts have been given greater powers to deal with those who do not follow the rules. We have seen a greater number of people who have been given jail sentences and the value of the fines handed out for non-compliance has vastly increased.
Judges are no longer reluctant to punish business and their respective directors, owners and managers now they have these new guidelines at their disposal. The previous cap on fines have been dramatically increased and in some cases the cap has actually been removed. The rise in fines handed out has increased by in excess of 33% over the last twelve months without the proportional number of cases coming to court.
For the worst cases of blatant disregard for health and safety legislation resulting in the worst possible outcomes one would expect to see custodial sentences being handed out. In recent times business owners have gone to jail without an accident or incident happening purely because their health and safety arrangements were dangerously inadequate (or non-existent).
Common sense and a clear understanding of the requirements of health and safety legislation is all that is needed to prevent the chance of prosecution. Often there is little or no cost involved, however where this legislation is ambiguous, or where there is no time for the research needed to ensure compliance, then please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0203 411 7888.
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