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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Q&A - what’s a publicity order?
    Q&A - what’s a publicity order?..Penalty. A publicity order may form part of the sentence for an organisation convicted under the Corporate Homicide and Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 . It’s a penalty which is only available for offences of corporate manslaughter where the death occurred on or after 15 February 2010. It doesn’t apply to other health and safety offences, such as those under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 . What does the term mean? Publicity orders are a requirement to...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Corporate manslaughter in focus
    In February 2015 two businesses were convicted under corporate manslaughter legislation. Is this a sign of things to come?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Don’t ignore your duties
    An HSE prosecution identifies what course of action you can expect from the authorities if it’s shown that you have paid “scant regard” to your health and safety duties. What’s to know?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Further corporate manslaughter cases
    Further corporate manslaughter cases.. Out of the woodwork. Since the beginning of 2013 the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has released details of a number of corporate manslaughter cases that have reached, or are about to reach, trial. Most recently, it identified that a water sports club had been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a young girl in 2010. A change of tactics? Although it may appear that the CPS has only recently decided to use the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - What’s the latest on corporate manslaughter?
    Finally, the corporate manslaughter prosecution of Lion Steel Equipment Ltd has concluded. What happened, and is there anything to be learned from this case?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Corporate manslaughter conviction
    Corporate manslaughter conviction.. In the dock. The first successful conviction in Northern Ireland under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 has resulted in a fine of £187,500 with £13,000 in costs. JMW Farms pleaded guilty to the offence of corporate manslaughter in relation to the death of employee Robert Wilson. Note. Although this legislation doesn’t attract the headlines that it used to, as this case proves, the authorities will use it when there’s been a fatality....
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Directors in the dock
    Lion Steel Equipment Ltd has just become the second company to face corporate manslaughter charges. Does this mean you’re now at greater risk too?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Corporate manslaughter appeal lost
    Corporate manslaughter appeal lost.. Guilty. In February, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd (C) became the first company to be convicted under corporate manslaughter legislation. However, it applied for permission to appeal. Conviction upheld. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, rejected lawyers’ criticisms of the trial and refused them the opportunity to appeal. He said it was “unavoidable and inevitable” that, in order to pay the fine, the firm would probably have to go into liquidation....
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Corporate manslaughter verdict reached
    Corporate manslaughter verdict reached.. Decision reached. On February 16 2011, a jury at Winchester Crown Court found Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings (C) guilty of corporate manslaughter. As we have stated previously, C was prosecuted following the death of one of its employees ( yr.9, iss.11, pg.1 , see The next step ). How did the accident happen? The court heard that Alexander Wright died when a trench collapsed on him. He was taking soil samples in a pit, which was 3.8m deep and 60cm wide when it...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Corporate manslaughter trial starts
    The first corporate manslaughter trial finally began at the end of January. Will this case identify how the law might apply to you?
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