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Balfour Beatty sets aside £25m to cover Health and Safety penalties in light of the new sentencing guidelines introduced in February this year

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BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

In the last eight months, since the latest Government Guidelines in Health and Safety penalties were introduced there has been more £1m (or over) penalties handed down than in the entire previous twenty years

In January this year Balfour Beatty were fined £1m after a worker died when he was struck in the head by a crane during a lifting operation.

In May this year, Balfour Beatty were fined £2.6m after a worker died when the trench he was working in collapsed, leaving him with fatal injuries.

Taking these penalties into account the company has now informed the Stock Exchange that it has set aside a further £25m “which largely relates to a re-assessment of potential liabilities on historic health and safety breaches following new sentencing guidelines”.

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