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.


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

Healthcare safety breach: Priory faces multimillion-pound fine after death of teenager

A criminal investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive into the private mental healthcare group after the death of Amy El-Keria, who was treated at its Ticehurst House psychiatric hospital in 2012. 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

Worcestershire engineering company fined after worker suffers head injury

An engineering firm has been fined after a worker suffered a serious head injury whilst assembling a steel frame. On Read More

Council fined after member of public contracted Legionnaires’ Disease

A local authority, Tendring District Council, has been fined after a member of public contracted Legionnaires’ Disease following regular use Read More

Company and Director fined following fatality

A concrete pumping company and its sole Director have been fined after an employee was struck and killed by concrete. Read More

Prosecutions in November 2018: video round-up of the 6 biggest court cases

The biggest health and safety prosecutions over the past month, measured by readers’ interest on SHP. This month’s video highlights six prosecutions. Read More



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