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High fines and prison sentences for health and safety breaches are becoming more common. Helen Bowdren and Gurbinder Grewal of Dentons consider the new challenges facing construction.
Increased fines for health and safety offences have increased the pressure on companies to ensure they comply with health and safety legislation
A new Sentencing Guideline for health and safety offences is in force and is leading to many more fines over £1 million, especially for companies with a high turnover
All employees should be adequately trained to implement health and safety procedures, with consequences for those that do not
More prosecutions are being brought against individuals for health and safety offences
Breach of the law has civil consequences as well as criminal
Businesses should be aware of contractual risks too; they should review and proactively manage their potential health and safety liability on each contract/project
A new Sentencing Guideline for health and safety (H&S) offences came into force in 2016. It has led to much higher fines for breaches of H&S law, especially for companies with a high turnover. This has increased the pressure on companies to ensure their H&S procedures comply
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