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Examples of enforcement

Below are real life examples of enforcement action taken by HSE. The examples demonstrate common breaches of health and safety legislation by duty holders and the resulting outcome following HSE involvement. The examples cover a variety of industry sectors, health and safety topic areas and sizes of business. Examples given are not exhaustive of the extent and type of enforcement action undertaken by HSE in the course of its work but aim to give an indication of the types of breaches and outcomes following non compliance by some duty holders. It is important to note that the resulting consequences of each breach is taken on a case by case basis and it is ultimately the Courts who decide what penalty to impose.

All actions were taken following either - an unnannouced routine inspection; arranged audit or visit or investigation following an accident, incident or complaint.

Examples of enforcement

Priority health and safety topics

Enforcement in some other topic areas

Enforcement in some specific sectors

Enforcement in private\public sector organisations

Enforcement on different duty holders

Enforcement involving non-reporting

Examples of use of various types of enforcement tool

Examples of enforcement by Local Authorities

Updated 2014-08-05