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.


Confined space failures led to fitter suffering fatal burns

Yorkshire Water Services Ltd has been sentenced after a fitter suffered fatal burns when his clothing was ignited by sparks. HSE found that the company’s risk assessment and permit to work procedures had been inadequate and there were no site-specific procedures in place. Read More

5-year old died in lift, two firms plead guilty

Two companies have pleaded guilty following a HSE investigation into the death of a five-year-old girl, who became trapped while using a lift at her home in Weymouth. Read More

Worker killed hammering hard alloy

Abbey Forged Products Ltd, a hot metal forging company, has been sentenced for safety breaches following the death of a worker. Read More

Brothers died in ‘horrific circumstances’

A director has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that led to the death of two brothers. Read More

Unidentified risk led to worker’s death

A textile company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker died from crush injuries. Read More

Company fined after worker killed

A company which manufactures freshly prepared meals has been fined £176,000 following an incident in which an employee was killed after being struck by empty food trays. Read More

Driver killed by overhead power line strike

The partners of a Suffolk based farm have been sentenced after a haulage contractor was electrocuted to death when his vehicle struck an overhead power line. Read More

Child death on bouncy castle leads to convictions

Two fairground workers have been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle blew away in high winds with a seven-year-old girl still inside. Read More

£660k fine after worker fatally injured when trapped by conveyor

CPM Group Limited, a Somerset pre-cast concrete products manufacturing company, has been fined after a 43-year-old man was fatally injured when he was trapped by machinery. Read More

DHL fined £2m over worker’s death

Logistics firm DHL has been fined £2 million over the death of a worker at its depot in Milton Keynes, Read More



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