Big companies could be hit by fines of up to £20m following consultation on a possible shake-up of health and safety sentencing guidelines. Kärcher the world’s largest cleaning equipment manufacturer, launched a campaign to remind businesses of the dangers of slips and trips.

The most common cause of major injuries in the workplace, slips are thought to cost industry over £512 million per year.

The company believes if the guidelines are adopted, organisations will need to review their health and safety processes or face the risk of a three or fourfold increase in expected penalties.

“Slips and trips account for over one third of major workplace injuries, and a loss of nearly one million working days in the UK,” said Kärcher’s Craig McKay.

“We welcome any consultation that sets out to improve public health and safety standards, we also want to highlight the economic impact this will have on businesses.”