The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is one of the bodies responsible for enforcing health and safety regulation in Great Britain. In 2006/7, the HSE prosecuted 1,141 offences, with 74% of these leading to a conviction. The average penalty per conviction was £15,370 and there were 18 cases where the fine exceeded £100,000*.
Local authorities also have a responsibility to enforce health and safety regulations. In 2005/6, local authorities prosecuted 257 offences, 96% of which led to a conviction. The average penalty per conviction was £9,674, with one fine being £250,000*.
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* All statistics on this page from Health & Safety Executive Nov 2007