ALLIANZ ENGINEERING WARNS BROKERS OF HARSHER HEALTH AND SAFETY PENALTIES

ALLIANZ ENGINEERING WARNS BROKERS OF HARSHER HEALTH AND SAFETY PENALTIES

Allianz Engineering is urging brokers to ensure that their clients are aware of the increased penalties of up to £20,000, under the new Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, which comes into force on January 16, 2009.

The Act, which amends the existing Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, raises the maximum penalties that can be imposed by lower courts from £5000 to £20,000, increases the range of offences punishable by imprisonment and makes certain offences that are currently triable only in the lower courts triable in both lower and higher courts.

Commenting on the Act, Phil Wright, chief engineer, Allianz Engineering, said: “As the penalties for non-compliance increase, effective risk management is more important than ever. In the insurance industry, brokers can play a crucial role in helping to ensure that clients comply with the regulations, improve safety and reduce risks in the workplace.”

He adds: “The new Act sends out an important message to businesses who flout the law. Sentences can now be more easily set at a level that should deter businesses that do not take their health and safety management responsibilities seriously and further encourage employers and others to comply with the law.”

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