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Health and Safety Executive - Enforcement Action

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:

  • In 2011/20012, there were 584 offences prosecuted by HSE of these, 537 were convicted (92%), these resulted in £15,643,351 of fines with an average fine of £29,131
  • In addition to the above in 2011/2012 a total of 96 offences prosecuted by local authorities were heard, resulting in 93 convictions bringing about a rate of 97% and £1,295,546 in fines
  • In 2011/2012 there were 9910 enforcement notices issued by HSE, compared to 11,038 in 2010/2011. In 2011/2012 local authorities issued 6045 notices compared to 7270 in 2010/2011. This gives a total of 15,955 enforcement notices issued by all enforcing authorities in 2011/2012.

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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This document contains general information and guidance and is not and should not be relied on as specific advice. The document may not cover every risk, exposure or hazard that may arise and Aviva recommend that you obtain specific advice relevant to the circumstances. AVIVA accepts no responsibility or liability towards any person who may rely upon this document.

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