The Cost of Health & Safety Slip Ups

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Juggling the tasks involved with the day-to-day running of a business is tough. In the midst of monitoring revenue, organising workloads, managing employees and planning for the future, Health & Safety can often fall onto the backburner.

But with far more than just money at stake, it mightn’t be something your business can afford to put off any longer. Your livelihood, your business’ reputation and even your freedom are in line – still think it can wait?

Health & Safety prosecutions are on the up. In 2015/16, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) prosecuted 696 businesses – that’s a 6% rise on the previous year’s figure.

In many of the cases, these prosecutions derived from material breaches that stemmed from a Fee for Intervention (FFI).

Research from Citation has revealed that Health and Safety fines for businesses more than doubled in 2015/16 since the previous year; £38.3 million versus £18.1 million. In fact, 95% of business Health and Safety cases in 2015/16 were convicted, with an average cost for prosecuted businesses reaching a staggering £58,000. This could buy a business 50 top of the range computers, 5 quality vans or even 4.5 employees

Citation has created an infographic to show employers the real cost of health and safety slip ups and what the average cost of conviction could buy their business.

Please see the infographic for more information: https://www.citation.co.uk/news/health-and-safety/cost-health-safety-slip-ups/

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