Saturday, 12 March 2011

"Consequences of failure to protect workers : 1st successful conviction of corporate manslaughter under the 2007 Act"

First corporate manslaughter conviction: Act. Protect. Comply.

February 23rd 2011
The Gloucestershire-based company, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd, has been convicted of corporate manslaughter in the first trial to test the new Corporate Manslaughter Act and to successfully convict a company without the need to also prosecute the company director, Mr Eaton.

The company was sentenced on Thursday 17 February, and has been fined £385,000 payable over 10 years.

In his sentencing remarks Mr Justice Field who heard the case, commented that he was aware a fine of this size was likely to put the company into liquidation but that the fine he imposed must be fit for the level of gravity of the offence and send a clear message to the industry.

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