Ian Thomas Associates

Health and Safety – UK corporate manslaughter update

A third UK company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter. Yesterday, 3rd July 2012, Lion Steel Limited pleaded guilty to an offence under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 in respect of the death of Steven Berry in May 2008. Mr Berry died as a result of injuries sustained after he fell through a fragile roof panel. A sentencing hearing will take place on 19th July 2012.

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Limited was the first company to be convicted under the 2007 Act and was fined stg £385,000.00 in respect of the death of Alexander Wright after a trench collapse.

In May 2012, JMW Farms Limited from County Armagh, Northern Ireland was fined stg £187,500.00 in respect of the death of Robert Wilson who died after being hit by a metal bin that fell off a forklift.

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