The Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 amends the maximum penalties that can be made against defendants under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) and subservient health and safety regulations. The Act increases fines for most existing health and safety offences from £5,000 to £20,000 in the Magistrate Court (the amount remains unlimited in the Crown Court). The Act also creates the threat of imprisonment for employees who may have contributed to a health and safety offence by their granting their consent, by connivance with others or neglect.


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