Individual imprisonment

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Following a freedom-of-information request, it was revealed in 2012 that there has been a 400 per cent increase in prosecutions of directors and managers under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 over the past five years.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) own figures show that 43 individuals were investigated for an offence under section 37 during 2010–11, while it is particularly remarkable that 21 individuals were prosecuted despite being involved in incidents where there had been no fatalities or injuries whatsoever.

In July of 2013, a director of a house building company received a suspended prison sentence after it was found that his company’s offence of failing to ensure that work at height was properly planned and supervised occurred with his consent…

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