Research from BLM has shown that since the introduction of stricter health and safety laws, enforced in February 2016, construction safety fines have more than doubled.
Constructions firms paid out almost £14 million in health and safety fines, the figures reveal, making the construction industry the costliest sector for health and safety offences since the new guidelines came into force. It showed that four construction firms have also been charged more than £1 million for offences.
Fines for businesses with a turnover more than £50m can now reach up to £10m for health and safety offences.
Corporate manslaughter fines could be as much as £20m.
Helen Devery, from risk law firm BLM, said: “The construction sector in particular has always been considered as one of the most dangerous worksplace environments. The industry has been subject to intense scrutiny and investigation by the regulators for many years, with stiff penalties being handed down for health and safety breaches.”
Construction firms will need to work ever harder to protect their employees from reasonably foreseeable harm, or face tougher penalties.