Construction companies have definitely had to swallow a bitter pill when it comes to changes in health and safety legislation if they have been non-compliant. There were revisions made in February and there have been heavy consequences for companies that don’t comply. It is said to be the largest overhaul of legislation of this nature in over 40 years for not only health and safety but for corporate manslaughter and food hygiene.
Since February the BLM Health and Safety tracker have recorded that nearly 40% of construction business have not only breached legislation but have been given fines which have totalled over a massive £8 million.
A variety of things were taken into consideration before handing out these heavy fines, the size of the corporation is one of them. Construction companies that are larger and have a turnover of over £50 million are the ones that are hit the hardest as if their offences are serious – the fine could be over £10 million. 3 of the largest cases have accumulated fines of £5.6 million and examples have also been made of Directors who were given custodial sentences. Of course, legal fees were also applicable and totalled over £185,000 for the 3 cases.
Helen Devery is the head of the SHE Practice and she stated that if there is a large construction company that are in serious breach of any of the new legislation, then they can expect some hard-hitting fines. It has definitely opened some eyes and more care and attention has to be placed on ensuring that everything is to the regulated standard for the sake of the company and the employees. If you are interested in any of our health and safety training courses – please contact us for a free consultation.