Employers ‘Fined £5.5m Over Safety Failings’

FOI Request Reveals Financial Impact Of Fees For Intervention Scheme

04.11.2013

Companies in the UK have been fined more than £5.5 million in the past 12 months as a result of the Fees For Intervention scheme launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it has been revealed.

A Freedom of Information request by ELAS revealed businesses across all sectors were fined the amount under the initiative, which was launched in October 2012 to ensure businesses foot the bill for HSE-related costs when they are found guilty of breaches.

It also revealed that manufacturing and construction were found to be the sectors which received the most fines, being accountable for 38 per cent and 36 per cent of fines respectively.

Wayne Dunning, lead health and safety consultant at ELAS, said the figures were surprising and urged companies to ensure they are doing everything they can to comply with regulations.

The FOI request follows figures by the HSE which revealed 148 workers were killed in accidents at work across 2012/13.