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HSE: Employers who invested in Health & Safety potentially avoided a fine 65% higher than the cost of compliance

UK businesses paid an average of £115,440 in fines for being found guilty of a health and safety breach in 2016. That’s according to the latest prosecution data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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In contrast, the cost of health and safety compliance for companies in 2016 ranged between £5,000 and £40,000. SMEs that invested in health and safety therefore potentially avoided a fine £75,000 higher than the cost of compliance. This is according to research done by Arinite health and safety consultants.

A total of £32,438,677 worth of fines were issued in 2016 across the UK. Half of the total fines issued came from the manufacturing industry (£16,816,673), followed by extractive and utility supply companies (£7,375,120) followed by construction (£4,824,983).

Most suspended prison sentences came from manufacturing and construction.

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