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HSE Names Hundreds of Firms and Individuals Guilty of Health and Safety Crimes

Magazine article Management Services

HSE Names Hundreds of Firms and Individuals Guilty of Health and Safety Crimes

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At the end of October the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published its first ever enforcement report, which names hundreds of companies, organisations and individuals convicted of health and safety crimes during 1999/2000. This implements the commitment in the `Revitalising Health and Safety' strategy statement.

The report, entitled Health and Safety offences and penalties, lists around 1,600 individual offences and includes several big-name companies, as well as small firms, local authorities, hospitals and universities throughout Britain. In addition, full details of each conviction are available on a special website database:

www.hse-databases.co.uk/prosecutions/

Users can access this information in a number of ways, including by geographical location, type of industry, size of fine and type of work activity.

HSE Director General Timothy Walker said: "Companies, organisations and individuals must be held accountable for their health and safety performance; their professional reputation should depend on it. The convictions are there for everyone to see, including would-be customers, contractors, investors, employees and insurers. They all have a right to be aware of an organisation's health and safety record before they decide whether to invest their capital and labour.

"I want this report to create pressure to improve on those who have failed in their responsibilities towards workers and the general public. I also hope it will deter others, who will not want to be named in this way. …

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