The most dramatic change in health and safety enforcement since 1974

lady-justice-677945_640By Simon Joyston-Bechal

The new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences published today are set to revolutionise punishment for health and safety offences.

The Sentencing Councils stated intention is to increase the level of fines for serious offences, particularly for larger companies; whilst reserving prison sentences for very serious offences. In my view, the formulaic approach laid down in the new guidelines will greatly increase fines across the board and most dramatic