Work Place Law write:

A Freedom of Information request made by health and safety expert, ELAS, has revealed that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined UK firms more than £5.5m for health and safety failings under its Fee for Intervention scheme (FFI) since it was launched one year ago.

Under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, companies that break health and safety laws are liable for fines to cover HSE related costs, including call-outs, inspections, investigations and taking enforcement action.

The FOI request revealed that businesses were fined a total of £5,532,565 for health and safety failings since October 2012, with breaches ranging from slips, trips and falls to not providing enough toilets or washing facilities.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.