Industrial Health and Safety: Fines

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the total amount levied in health and safety fines on businesses since 2014; and what amount has been levied in each business sector.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in November 2016 show that, in 2014/15 and 2015/16, prosecutions in Great Britain instituted by HSE for health and safety offences (or referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland) led to fines totalling £56.3 million. The figures include fines imposed on individuals and all types of organisation. The table below provides a breakdown by year and industrial sector. The data does not include fines resulting from health and safety prosecutions taken by other enforcing organisations such as the Crown Prosecution Service, Office of Road and Rail, or the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Total fines for prosecution cases instituted by HSE1 in Great Britain2, by industrial sector 2014/153 & 2015/16p

Industrial sector4



All Industries






Mining and Quarrying






Utility Supply



Water Supply/Waste Management






Distribution, Hotels and Restaurants



Transportation and Storage



Communications, Business Services and Finance



Public Administration






Human Health and Social Work activities



Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; Other Service activities




1 HSE does not hold published statistics for the same period that show the level of fines arising from prosecutions instituted by local authorities.

2 In Scotland, HSE investigate potential offences but cannot institute legal proceedings. HSE send a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). COPFS makes the final decision whether to institute legal proceedings and which offences are taken.

3 Year of prosecution is based on when a result has been secured i.e. the prosecution has been completed. The year is from the beginning of April to the end of March.

4 Industrial sector is defined by Section level of the UK Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (SIC2007).

p= provisional

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