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Safety fines total £1m

BRITAIN'S leading contractors have been hit with safety fines of nearly £1 million a year over the past five years following HSE prosecutions.

A Construction News survey totalled fines received by each of the top 100 contractors as a result of HSE prosecution during the period. Jarvis (£511,000) and Balfour Beatty (£463,000) were hit by the largest share of the £4,731,000 total. The figures do not include fines from more serious cases, which are brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The survey also calculated a 'safety score' by dividing each firm's turnover by the combined number of prohibition and improvement notices it received.

See Safety, page 36