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Targeted enforcement improves health and safety

HSE InfoLine : 20 October, 2005  (New Product)
The Health and Safety Executive today published its sixth annual Offences and Penalties Report 2004/5. The web only publication can be accessed at: www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/off0405/index.htm
The Health and Safety Executive today published its sixth annual Offences and Penalties Report 2004/5. The web only publication can be accessed at: www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/off0405/index.htm

HSE's Acting Chief Executive Justin McCracken said, 'Firm, properly targeted and proportionate enforcement underpins the action we need to take to deliver the HSC's health and safety strategy published in 2004. Our powers to take enforcement action amplify all that we do to deliver a sustainable, long-term reduction in occupational injury and ill health.

'This year's figures show we have prosecuted in fewer cases and served fewer notices than in previous years. We have identified two major factors behind the drop. One is the steady decline in the number of accidents and ill health reported to us, the other is our better targeting of resources to investigation. We are investigating fewer incidents, but a greater proportion of these are leading to prosecution.

'HSE is also devoting an increasing amount of resource to working with the police on manslaughter investigations, and estimate that this is taking up about 10% of our investigation and enforcement resource. We believe that this is the right and appropriate use of resources.'
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