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Enforcement in Great Britain

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185

Cases prosecuted, or referred to COPFS for prosecution in Scotland, by HSE where a conviction was achieved in 2020/21

2,929

Notices issued by HSE in 2020/21

Prosecution cases brought by HSE and, in Scotland, COPFS where a verdict has been reached in that year (2014/15 – 2020/21p)

Year Cases where a verdict has been reached Cases resulting in a conviction (for at least one offence)
2015/16 683 645
2016/17 577 543
2017/18 511 486
2018/19r 395 368
2019/20 343 325
2020/21p 199 185

Source: Index of tables

Total enforcement notices issued by HSE (2014/15-2020/21p)

Year Immediate Prohibition Improvement
2015/16 2941 5829
2016/17 2889 6617
2017/18 2896 6075
2018/19 r 2823 6112
2019/20 1920 5000
2020/21p 1107 1821

Source: Index of tables

Total Fines for Health and Safety Offences prosecuted by HSE and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), 2015/16-2020/21 p (£,million)

Year Total Fines
2015/16 35118163
2016/17 67995077
2017/18 71569888
2018/19r 55163406
2019/20 34886573
2020/21p 26878664

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Updated 2021-05-10