Construction safety fines increase 83% in a year
Safety fines paid by the construction sector increased 83% in the first year of the new sentencing guidelines.
Construction Safety Fines : New sentencing guidelines cause big rise in safety and corporate manslaughter pay-outs.
Analysis by law firm Clyde & Co found that construction companies were ordered to pay out £13m in the 12 months from 1 February 2016, when tougher penalties for safety and corporate manslaughter offences were introduced, compared to £7m in the previous year.
Under these new rules, the scale of fines varies according to the turnover of the company and can exceed £20m for the worst cases involving corporate manslaughter, and potentially more for the largest companies.