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WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY FINES 'INADEQUATE'

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Employers found guilty of workplace safety offences are not being fined enough, according to the Health and Safety ...
Employers found guilty of workplace safety offences are not being fined enough, according to the Health and Safety Commission.

The Financial Times (p11) reports that the commission has made repeated efforts to win government support for a more vigorous response, which would encourage magistrates to levy higher penalties on errant employers.

Jenny Bacon, the HSC's director-general, said yesterday that the fines were no longer reflecting the seriousness of the offences, nor were they 'acting as an effective deterrent'.

The commission said that local authorities enforcing health and safety regulations secured 323 convictions in 364 cases in 1997-98. The average penalty per conviction was£1,463.
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