Fines in farming: how have health and safety fines rocketed in agriculture?

02 Apr 2019

BLM partner and head of health safety, Helen Devery has written an article for Farm Diversity magazine. Helen examines the 'riskiest' sector in terms of health and safety and how the 2016 and 2018 changes to sentencing have made fines rocket for the industry.

Helen says, "The new guidelines mean that organisational safety has been put into sharp focus...seeing some fines in farming reach £400,000. Whilst large organisations have grabbed the headlines for the huge fines, the majority of prosecutions are brought against much smaller businesses; these may lack the manpower or financial resources to adequately fund well-structured safety management.

"Fines for health and safety breaches in agriculture have totalled over £1milion since 2016. Farming is a hazardous industry, and the risk of harm is widespread across many operations."

To read the full article and be redirected to the Farm Diversity magazine website, please click here.


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