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).
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.