health & safety fines

Fines in farming: How have health & safety fines rocketed in agriculture?

he revised sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, introduced in February 2016, has meant greatly increased fines for offences across all sectors, including agriculture. Helen Devery, head of health & safety and partner at law firm BLM, explores the impact the guidelines continue to have on organisations and individuals within farming.


The new guidelines mean that organisational safety has been put into sharp focus and hefty fines are promised for those companies failing to protect employees against known and preventable safety risks. Since then, fine values have rocketed – in farming, this has seen some fines reach £400,000.