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Towards the end of every year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publish a report outlining what enforcement action they have taken. The report covering the period 2011 - 2012 is now available from HSE Enforcement Statistics . Some of the more significant statistics are as follows:
So, the moral of this...?? Do not be afraid to seek advice and guidance from the HSE. Their visits are generally useful, inspectors are usually helpful and they write many more letters than anything else. If they are not happy and you do not appear to be following good custom and practice or are failing to take their advice, then you may receive an enforcement notice.
If so, comply with its requirements or you may find yourself being prosecuted! And if you are prosecuted, then do not try to fight the case - far better to accept ones punishment, learn from the experience and try to move on, improving health and safety and reducing the risk of workplace accidents.
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