80% increase in health and safety fines (E, S, W)

20 individual fines totalling £30.7m were largely responsible for the substantial 80% increase in fines for breach of health and safety law in Britain between 2015/16 (£38.8m) and 2016/17 (£69.8m), despite fewer prosecutions in the latter period.

However “while Britain remains one of the safest places to work”, the real cost to the economy of new cases of work-related ill health and injury revealed by Health & Safety Executive-compiled statistics for 2016/17 is an eye-watering £14.9bn pa, with 31.2m working days lost.

Headline data displayed by HSE, alongside links to posters and calendars, on ‘Health and safety statistics’ include

  • 137 fatal injuries in Britain’s workplaces
  • 70,116 other injuries reported by employers
  • 12,000 lung disease deaths estimated to be linked to past work exposures
  • 554 cases prosecuted with fines from convictions totalling £69.9 million

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