Breaches of health and safety law – employers beware!
The health & Safety Commission has received an extra Â£45 million to fund its drive to reduce work related accidents and illness. Peter Grose warns that employers who are convicted of health and safety crimes can expect heavy penalties. The increasing public awareness of health and safety law, and the stringency with which it is applied within the care sector, reflects the increased profile of health and safety law and the increasing level of penalties imposed when the legislation is breached. In December last year the Government allocated a Â£45m funding increase to the Health and Safety Commission in support of its current drive to cut work-related accidents and illness. The GovernmentÂ¹s target is to cut deaths, injuries and illness caused by work by up to 30% over the next 10 years. The Â£45m will be available over a three-year period. A survey published by the Health and Safety Executive on December 20, 2000 considered stress at work. Particular occupational groups reporting high stress most commonly we