It is hard to believe that over a year has passed since the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences came into force. They arrived on 1 February 2016 with a relative and warranted fanfare of publicity and were described by many as the most significant change to health and safety in over 40 years.
The general expectation was that fines and custodial sentences would increase and to a large extent, that reflects our experience. Under the new legislation, large businesses with turnovers in excess of £50 million can face fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and corporate manslaughter fines could reach up to £20 million.
Our Sentencing Tracker provides information on the health and safety breaches experienced by UK businesses' since February 2016, and the associated sentences and fines imposed on them. Reporting across all sectors and company size, the Tracker therefore offers valuable insight on the range of sentences imposed, providing an effective reference tool for you to use as required. But don’t take our word for it; here are some opinions from those already regularly using the tracker:
“An outstanding tool for brokers”
“Very useful and helpful to prompt discussion… Being able to inform our clients and prospects the fact that their peer group have been hit with large fines is powerful.”