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The new climate – high safety fines continue By Mike Appleby and Louise Smail

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The largest fine imposed on an organisation for a health and safety offence, following the introduction in February 2016 of the Sentencing Council’s Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences - Definitive Guideline, has been £5 million. This was imposed in September 2016 on Merlin Attraction Operations Limited which operates the Alton Towers Amusement Park. The prosecution followed a non-fatal accident involving the Smiler Ride in 2015 where 16 people were injured, five seriously.

A second £5 million fine has now been handed down. This was imposed in June 2019 on Valero Energy UK Ltd. However, unlike the Merlin Attraction’s case this related to a fatal accident. The company was also ordered to pay £1 million to the prosecution in costs.

To read the full article please click here : https://law.bloomsburyprofessional.com/blog/the-new-climate-high-safety-fines-continue

The message from the Court of Appeal is loud and clear – the new climate of high fines for health and safety and environmental offences is here to stay.

Mike Appleby and Louise Smail,  along with Charlotte Waters, have written HSE and Environment Agency Prosecution: The New Climate.

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Fisher Scoggins Waters are a London based law firm who specialise in construction, manufacturing and engineering matters. If you have recently had a health and safety incident occur in your workplace and require legal advice, please phone us on 0207 993 6960.  

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