As reported in Health and Safety Practitioner, the number of directors and senior managers prosecuted under section 37 of The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 ( HSWA 1974) has risen by 400% in the last five years. This is according to unofficial figures released by the Health and Safety Executive in response to a freedom of information request.
The figures, albeit not validated, show that 43 directors, senior managers and company secretaries were prosecuted under this key legislation in 2010/11 – the highest since 1999/2000. The data also shows that 35 people were convicted, which is a substantial increase on the five convictions secured in 2005/06.
Of the 2010/11 prosecutions, seven faced charges as a result of an investigation that followed a fatal incident; 15 were prosecuted for offences that resulted from an investigation where there had not been a fatal incident; and 21 resulted from an investigation where no incident of any nature had occurred.
As a result of conviction, three directors were disqualified for periods of between four and five years under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
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