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.


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

Driver fell to his death on poorly fenced off construction site

A construction company has been fined after a chauffeur fell to his death at a concealed basement void in a domestic property that was undergoing building work. Read More

School pupil death: ‘Missed opportunities’ led to fatal minibus incident

Council fined following the death of one pupil and injury to another after they were involved in a collision with the school minibus. Read More

Farming death: £100k fine after worker killed

Worker was knocked over by a moving tractor in the farmyard as he stepped out a door from the calf shed. Read More

Worker killed by fork lift: Firm failed to implement own plan

HSE: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to implement the findings of their own transport plan.” Read More

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



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