Third company charged since new legislation came into force…
For the third time since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into being in 2008, a UK company has pleaded guilty to the charge of corporate manslaughter of one of its employees.
The company admitted the offence on 3 July at Manchester Crown Court. The company was also charged with failing to protect the safety of its employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The employee of the company died from injuries sustained when he fell through a fragile roof panel on 28 May 2008. As well as charging the company, the Crown Prosecution Service has also charged three directors of the company individually with gross negligence manslaughter.
The recently introduced Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act has made it an offence for any company across to UK, “… if the way in which its activities are managed or organised – (a) causes a person’s death, and (b) amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased”.
The first company to file victim of this new law was fined £385,000 in February 2011 after an employee, a junior geologist, died after a trench collapsed. Then in May of this year a pig farm in Northern Ireland was the second company to be convicted under this legislation and was fined £187,500 after an employee died at the at the company’s plant.
The company currently being charged under this law makes furniture and equipment and other storage products, it will be sentenced on 19 July and is expected to face another heavy fine.
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