Another stark reminder that directors should take their health and safety responsibilities seriously as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announce that Lion Steel Equipment Ltd will be prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter & Homicide Act (CMHA) 2007.
The decision follows the tragic death of employee, Steven Berry who fell through a fragile plastic roof panel on an industrial estate on Johnsonbrook Road, Hyde Greater Manchester.
This case is likely to be followed closely as it may provide better indication of the court’s approach to the CMHA and the levels of fines if a conviction is made. The sentencing guidelines on Corporate Manslaughter issued in February 2010 suggested that fines would be expected to start from £500,000 and rise into the millions.
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