Driving for work | Road safety charity calls on employers to take urgent action

Following a plateau in collision figures, a road safety charity has now stressed that urgent action is needed to tackle the number of work-related traffic accidents. IAM RoadSmart are calling on employers and their drivers to “do more” to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured while driving for work. Get your FREE […]

Longer sentences for H&S manslaughter?

manslaughter sentencing

You may be given a longer prison sentence if as an employer you commit gross negligence manslaughter. Gross negligence manslaughter is used to prosecute people who fail in a duty of care and cause someone’s death. It includes employers who fail to look after the safety of their workers. What’s happening? Draft sentencing guidelines have […]

Hike of 148% in Health & Safety fines

health and safety fines

Research shows UK organisations paid over £55 million in Health & Safety fines last year. That’s a hike of 148% on the 2015 figure!   The average payout by organisations last year for Health & Safety failings was £211,000. That’s more than three times the 2015 average fine. The sharp hike is the result of […]

Corporate manslaughter and director liability

Corporate manslaughter

Organisations increasingly face investigation for corporate manslaughter and the number of convictions is expected to dramatically increase in the coming years. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 made it easier to secure convictions against organisations and really changed their liability for workplace deaths. Corporate manslaughter The offence of corporate manslaughter is committed […]

Bosses jailed after Health & Safety cover up

Bosses sent to prison for Health & Safety cover up

Three company bosses have been jailed after trying to cover up their safety failings and suggesting a fall from height was a worker’s own fault.  The man had been working in wet and windy conditions on a shed roof without safety equipment. He died after slipping and falling from the structure. Obvious failings The court […]

Reckless businessman jailed over warehouse fall

businessman jailed

Work on fragile roofs is extremely dangerous and requires proper planning to make sure safety measures are considered and in place. In another tragic case of safety failures, a businessman has been jailed for 30 months and a firm fined almost £150,000 after workers fell through an unsafe roof. No regard for safety The businessman […]

Director sentenced after MD is killed

Director sentenced after MD is killed

A textile manufacturing company has been sentenced along with one of its directors following the death of its managing director. A production line machine had become blocked with waste. The court heard the managing director entered the line while it was still running. He overrode the safety system using a key to unlock a gate. He […]

HSE Investigates Death of Volunteer

An HSE investigation has begun after a voluntary worker died while working on a canal excavation at Pewsham Locks in Wiltshire. A 63-year-old volunteer is thought to have been working to restore part of a canal when a lock wall collapsed on top of him. In a statement, Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal Trust said it […]

Strict New Sentencing Guidelines

Corporate Killing Law

New guidelines announced by the Sentencing Council are set to have a dramatic effect on penalties handed down to organisations or individuals convicted of Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety, and Food Safety and Hygiene offences in England and Wales. Until now, there has been limited guidance for judges and magistrates in dealing with what can […]

Magistrates Get Power to Issue Unlimited Fines

Magistrates Court

On the 12th of March this year the limit of £20,000 for health and safety offences tried through the Magistrates’ Court was removed and fines of unlimited amounts can now be imposed. The change, brought about through Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, removes the cap on magistrates’ […]