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.


Priory Healthcare: £300k fine following death of 14-year-old patient

A healthcare provider has been fined £300,000 for its failings following the death of 14-year-old patient Amy El-Keria. Read More

Several failures in diver’s death case

A boat owner has been sentenced to community service following the death of a diver in Orkney. Read More

Construction firm fined £900k for wall collapse

The death of an employee who died from head injuries when a wall collapsed on a construction site has led to a £900,000 fine for his employer. Read More

Construction firms fined after worker killed in fall from height

Oliver Connell and Son Ltd and Rydon Construction Ltd have been fined after a worker fell to his death when a temporary platform collapsed. Read More

Employee crushed to death by bus

David Nelson was working beneath a single decker bus in a vehicle inspection pit when it fell and crushed him to death. Read More

Manufacturing company fined €500k after fatal accident at quarry

A manufacturer of concrete and quarry stone products in the Republic of Ireland has been fined €500,000 for three breaches of health and safety legislation. Read More

Veolia fine: £1m after reversing vehicle death

A Veolia employee suffered fatal injuries when he was run over by a reversing refuse collection vehicle (RCV) whilst he was walking across the yard, at the Ross Depot Waste Transfer Station in Folkestone. Read More

Construction worker killed in stairwell fall

Investigating, the HSE found that the work was not properly planned, adequately supervised or carried out in a safe manner when the incident occurred. Read More

Five-year-old killed in lift: Catalogue of failures responsible

Alexys Brown got into the lift to get her brother’s phone from upstairs. She put her head through a hole in the vision panel and as the lift moved upward, the five-year-old’s head got stuck between the lift and the ground floor ceiling. Read More

Fines after dangerous work at height observed

A ground maintenance company and its subcontractor have been fined after two men worked on a roof without suitable measures in place to prevent a fall from height. Read More



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