Corporate Fines for Health and Safety breaches increased 18% in the last year, hitting £57.3m in 2017 up from £48.5m in 2016, in an attempt to get health and safety on the agenda at board level. The value of the average health and safety fine rose 34% to £311, 343 in 2017, up from £232,451 in 2016, a reflection of the tougher sentencing guidelines implemented by the Sentencing Council in February 2016. **

Fines can be imposed for isolated minor failings to deliberately ignoring H&S law, to employees whistleblowing following concerns not been dealt with by their employees.

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** source – Thomson Reuters August 2018