• Peter Bateman
    241
    The accounts manager at a food waste plant in Leicestershire has been jailed for 13 years on two counts of corporate manslaughter and a breach of H&S law after two employees died in a confined space incident.

    Her husband, the managing director, was jailed for 20 months for breach of H&S law.

    Read the Guardian story here.

    This is certainly an attention-grabbing sentence. Proponents of a corporate manslaughter law mainly advocate it on the grounds of justice rather than in the expectation of prompting improvement.

    Nevertheless, it would be nice to think such a sentence might persuade firms in the UK operating in the same sector to take another look at their H&S practices. Does anyone think it would?
  • Steve H
    265
    This was a particularly egregious case Peter,and you would hope that no New Zealand company was operated in the manner described in the Guardian story, but I would like to see this as a possible option here. It would be one more step on the way for us to change the workplace death/serious harm accident rate in this country.
  • Chris Hyndman
    60
    Unfortunately Corporate Manslaughter is still a very difficult prosecution to bring in the UK due to the problems trying to find a single "controlling mind" in the medium to large companies, so this acting as a deterrent isn't as clear cut as it may seem.

    I also think that there are very few deterrents that are effective for bosses who are as morally corrupt as these two. Once you are that far gone there is very little hope for a reversal.
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