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Health and Safety Fines – An Update

In February 2016, the new guidelines from the Sentencing Council came into force. These amendments dramatically increased fines for corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences, and health and safety offences.

Prior to these dramatic revisions, courts were only able to deliver fines that had negligible effects on offenders. Within the first year, it has become apparent that the new guidelines have been effective, as there were 19 fines of at least £1 million, compared to only three in 2015 and none in 2014, according to HSE data. What’s more, is that the value of the 20 highest fines in 2016 totalled £38.5 million, which was just more than all the 660 total successful prosecutions in 2015-16 (£38.3 million).

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Andy Underwood Operations Director

Andy has been in the insurance industry for 35 years – He initially joined Brett and Randall (Now part of BHIB) straight from school.

Andy moved into the Commercial team and has been involved in all aspects of the business during his time. Although more recent roles have been operations and managerial, he still enjoys working with customers & Insurers to maintain strong relationships and his focus is to ensure that client service is at the forefront of the business at all times.