What are the likely financial consequences of an accident at work as an employer or supervisor?

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What are the likely financial consequences of an accident at work as an employer or supervisor?

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Compared to the consequences to the health and wellbeing of the person involved in the accident and the damage to the reputation of the organisation, the monetary cost may seem incidental, but thanks to the new guidelines that came into effect in February 2016, the financial penalties can still be considerable.

Employers have duties to their employees and others under s.33 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

In February 2016, the Sentencing Council published Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences: Definitive Guideline.

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