Health & Safety is fundamental to the success of a business; in 2017, new sentencing guidelines were brought in by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), consisting of unlimited fines and the prospect of imprisonment for Duty Holders who are found to have breached their duty of care in maintaining safe working environments. Duty holders include construction Companies, property Owners and even Employees.
Between 2014 and 2015 the average HSE fine equated to £29,000; however, recent statistics show, between 2016 and 2017 penalties rose significantly to an average of £126,000, totalling £69.9 million and overall, 593 prosecutions were brought by the HSE, with a successful conviction rate of 93%.
The rise in prosecution statistics has resulted in many companies when inviting tenders, excluding those that cannot meet minimum standards, such as being able to produce risk assessments and method statements. As a result, Contractors are increasingly evaluating their policies and procedures, as well as implementing safe systems of work throughout a projects lifecycle, from conception to completion to ensure successful bidding for contracts and moral, legal and financial consequences are averted.
What can our team do for you
We are highly experienced in supporting Clients through risk aversion; some of the activities repeatedly requested to help meet their legal obligations include:
- Accident Investigation
- Architectural Design Assessments
- Block Management Assessments
- Construction Design Management Assistants (CDMA’s)
- Construction Phase Plans
- Energy Management
- Environmental Services
- F10 Instructions
- Health & Safety Files
- House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Inspections
- Method Statements
- Operations & Maintenance Manuals
- Principal Designers (PD)
- Risk Assessments
- Signage Audits
- Tender Support
Find out more
If interested in our Health & Safety services, just call, email or visit our office, where we’ll be happy to discuss in further detail with you.