Corporate Manslaughter

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in UK law. Companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

The Act, which came into force on 6 April 2008, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.


Untrained worker killed during demolition work

A construction company has been fined half a million pounds after a father-of-two was killed when a re-enforced concrete slab collapsed underneath him during a demolition project. Read More

Company fined £700,000 after worker killed

Chesterfield Special Cylinders Ltd has been fined £700,000 for safety breaches after a 64-year-old worker was fatally wounded by shrapnel ejected from testing equipment. Read More

Company fined after airport baggage handler suffers skull fractures and brain injury

A company providing a range of airline ground support services has been fined after an employee fell from a height of more than two metres. Read More

Top 10 health & safety prosecutions of 2019

2019 saw some huge fines for the likes of Chevron, who were fined £5m, DHL, Celsa, Hampshire Country Council, 2 Sisters Food, Clancy Docwra and Veolia. Watch a summary of SHP's most-read fines and prosecution stories. Read More

Nursing home fined £12,000 for safety breach which led to resident’s death

A Co Down nursing home that admitted a health and safety breach, which led to an 82-year-old resident's death, has been fined £12,000. Read More

Coach company fined after worker crushed underneath bus

A Lancashire man has been sentenced after a father-of-three was fatally crushed while working underneath a double decker bus. Read More

Failure to investigate errors leads to maternity scandal

A repetition of clinical failings which led to catastrophic consequences over 40 years, has sparked an investigation at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SATH). Read More

University ‘failed to grasp’ importance of risk-based health surveillance

The University of Edinburgh has been fined for failings which led to animal research workers, who were already sensitised to laboratory animal allergens (LAA), being at risk of suffering from adverse health effects as a result of exposure to LAA. Read More

Bus company and council fined after passenger death

A local council and a bus company have been fined after a passenger was killed when she was run over by a lorry at the bus station. Read More

£53k fine after roofer fell from ladder

A roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell to his death from a ladder while exiting a scaffold. Read More



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