Bill aims to increase fines for health and safety breaches

Bill will be presented today in Parliament to try increase the punishment for
companies committing health and safety crimes.

Health and Safety at Work (Offences) Bill proposed by MP Andy Love, wants
magistrates to be able to fine employers guilty of health and safety offences
up to £20,000 (£5,000 is the current maximum).

move has the support of the TUC, which believes employers committing major
health and safety crimes are getting away with "no more than a slight slap
on the wrist".

general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Higher fines would help focus
employer minds on the need for greater safety at work.

who employ workers in dangerous situations should have to pay the price for
their carelessness."

By Michael Millar

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