HSE Prosecutions

Over the last five years, the number of cases prosecuted by HSE, local authorities and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service* has increased slightly.

Offences prosecuted count individual offences of separate health and safety legislation. A duty holder may be prosecuted for more than one offence within the same case.

In the latest year HSE*:

  • prosecuted 650 cases, with at least one conviction achieved in 606 cases, a conviction rate of 93%;
  • prosecuted 1,058 offences, resulting in 905 convictions, a conviction rate of 86%;
  • prosecutions led to fines totalling £16.5 million, an average penalty of £18,198 per offence.

In the latest year local authorities*:

  • prosecuted 78 cases, with a conviction secured in 76 cases, a conviction rate of 97%;
  • prosecuted 153 offences, resulting in 142 convictions, a conviction rate of 93%;
  • prosecutions led to fines totalling £2.8 million, an average penalty of £19,962 per offence.
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