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Whirlpool Appeal Sends Health and Safety Sentencing into a Spin

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By Sally Roff


Published 31 January 2018


In March 2017 Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited was fined £700,000 following the death of one of its contractors. The Company pled guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which places an obligation on employers to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, those that are not in their employment are not exposed to risks to their health or safety.

The fine was appealed and ultimately reduced to £300,000. This alert will look at the factors considered during the appeal and whether this will have an impact on future cases particularly for large and very large organisations where low profitability may be a factor.

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