What happens when Health & Safety in you Business is ignored
18th October 2019
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The penalties for getting health and safety wrong can be extremely costly, and the consequences of an HSE investigation for a small to medium company, is known to put them at risk of not surviving.

For every hour that the HSE investigate, they charge £154 plus expenses.

If your company consists of 5 or more people, you have a legal requirement to have a recorded health and safety management system.

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  • Reviewing or compiling your health and safety policy
  • Production of risk assessments
  • Carrying out fire risk assessments
  • Delivering training in Manual Handling, Work at Height, Ladders, Fire Safety
  • Delivery of onsite audits
  • Well to be honest, almost anything you can think of with regard to health and safety or fire safety we can be there to assist.

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This is what you don’t want to have happen to your business

Here are some examples of when Health & Safety Policies haven't been adhered to

Building firm handed £1.8m fine for road worker death along with subcontractor who was fined £75,000

The contractor and subcontractor were using a road planer to remove the old tar from the southbound side of the road, while the northbound side had traffic lights to control the direction of the traffic.

During this operation, the driver of the company’s flatbed lorry observed a roadworks colleague lying in the road to the offside rear of his vehicle, which had been reversing slowing behind the road planer’s conveyor belt to collect the debris the planer scraped from the road’s surface.

The man was taken to hospital, but died of his extensive injuries.

Company and general manager fined for failing HSE inspection after repeated warnings

A Cambridge company and its general manager have both been fined for failing to maintain health and safety standards at work after multiple improvement notices were issued.

The company failed to maintain suitable standards of work after several inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The company had received six previous improvement notices plus written advice. It had initially complied with these notices but failed to maintain standards.


An HSE inspection on the 12 March 2015 resulted in three Prohibition Notices and four Improvement Notices. The inspection found that the company should have adopted standards identified in previous inspections and not allowed them to lapse. The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

In addition, the general manager pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 with regard to the four above charges. He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £700 costs.

In another example, a medium sized metalwork company from Kent, was fined £160,000 in April after a worker put his foot through an asbestos roof sheet, although he did not fall or suffer any injury.

The owner of a now-dissolved landscaping company has been given a 12 month suspended jail sentence and a 200 hr community service order after a dangerously faulty lorry loader crane shattered the operator’s arm.

It is also worth pointing out that of the 14 fines given since the changes in fine structures that exceed £1m, six were for non-fatal offences.

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Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens

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