The cost of Health & Safety slip-ups

07 June 2017

We understand that juggling the tasks involved with the day-to-day running of a business is tough. In the midst of monitoring revenue, organising workloads, managing employees and planning for the future, Health & Safety can often fall onto the backburner.

But with far more than just money at stake, it mightn’t be something your business can afford to put off any longer. Your livelihood, your business’ reputation and even your freedom are in line – still think it can wait?

Health & Safety prosecutions are on the up. In 2015/16, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) prosecuted 696 businesses – that’s a 6% rise on the previous year’s figure.

In many of the cases, these prosecutions derived from material breaches that stemmed from a Fee for Intervention (FFI).

And it doesn’t stop there. Of those 696 cases, a whopping 95% were convicted, amounting in fines totalling £38.3 million (more than double the previous year’s total of £18.1 million).

That’s an average of £58,000 per case. Could your business afford to stump up that much cash? For many, it could be enough to put them out of business.

Here’s what £58k could buy your business:

Health & Safety costs

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