New rules spark sharp rise in health and safety fines

08 May 2017

BLM partner Helen Devery has commented on the revised sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences in today's BBC Business report.

"Law firm BLM said there were 292 fines issued during the year, with more than £61m paid out in total - a 148% rise since 2015. The average cost of a fine rose from £69,500 to £211,000. BLM partner Helen Devery said strong safety processes were vital for businesses "big or small"."

The firm attributed the rise to new legislation on health and safety, food hygiene and corporate manslaughter offences introduced in February 2016!"

To read the full article and Helen's full commentary please click here.

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