New guidelines represent a 'sea change', lawyers warn corporate clients
Four fines of £1m or more have been imposed by the courts for health and safety breaches over a six-day period as new sentencing guidelines come into effect.
All the fines, which were handed down between 21 and 26 January 2016, followed guilty pleas from businesses and so, without credit having been applied, would have been higher still if they had been contested.
Today sees the biggest change in health and safety enforcement for over 40 years, since the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) came into force in 1974.
The new sentencing guideline for health and safety offences and corporate manslaughter sets out a ni...