New sentencing guidelines results in increased Health and Safety fines.

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The new sentencing guidelines for breaching health and safety regulations took effect on 1st February 2016.

Interestingly even under the old system fines in 4 cases between 21st and 26th January totalled £4.8m i.e. averaging over £1m per case.

Under these new guidelines UK companies operating with a turnover of more than £50m face unlimited fines starting from £7.5m for corporate manslaughter whereas smaller companies (turnover of up to £2m) still face a minimum fine of £450,000.

It’s clear that fine levels and prison sentences are set to increase dramatically.

 

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