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Penalties for Health & Safety Offences

Penalties for some health and safety offences can be severe and the following table sets out the position as far as offences committed after January 2009 are concerned ;

Section and Contravention Magistrates’ court Crown Court
S.33(1)(a) – S2 – S6 £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment* Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(a) – S7 £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(b) – S8 £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(b) – S9 £20,000 Unlimited fine
S.33(1)(c) – any H & S regulations £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(d) – relating to S14 enquiries £5,000 (Level 5) N/A
S.33(1)(e) – any requirement imposed by Inspector under S20 & S25 £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(f) – attempting to / preventing a person speaking to Inspector £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(g) – contravention of a PN or IN £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(h) – obstruction £5,000 (Level 5) and/or 6 months imprisonment ** N/A
S.33(1)(i) – relating to S27 £5,000 Unlimited fine
S.33(1)(j) – disclosure in contravention to S28 and S27(4) £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(k) – false statement £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(l) – false entry in register £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(m) – use a document with intent to deceive £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)(n) – impersonating an inspector £5,000 (Level 5) N/A
S.33(1)(o) – S42 orders £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment
S.33(1)Any other offence under existing statutory provisions £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment * Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment

 

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