Posts Tagged ‘corporate manslaughter’


Managers warned over eye tests for drivers

Managers must do more to ensure that their company drivers undergo regular eyesight tests, road safety campaigners have warned. Experts recommend that everyone should have an eye test at least every two years and whenever there is cause for concern. But one in six drivers cannot see well enough to pass the basic eyesight test, […]

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HSE guidance on cost recovery

The government’s new health and safety shakeup announcements have formalised proposals cost recovery by the HSE, reducing and targeting inspections, and a new roundup of scrutiny of legislation New guidance proposes the HSE will recover all the costs of an inspection or investigation where a serious breach of standards has occurred. The intention is the […]

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Construction deaths rise as cuts are ushered in

The number of deaths in the construction industry rose by around 15 per cent last year, fuelling concerns that the cost-cutting measures being implemented by the HSE will reverse the downward trend of recent years. The regulator’s head of construction, Philip White, revealed the increase at a conference, indicating that competence – or lack of […]

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Get Out Of Jail Free

February 2010 was certainly a significant month in the world of health and safety after Cotswold Geotechnical were fined £385,000 for corporate manslaughter – despite the fact that the MD only had four employees and is suffering from cancer – for more information on this case, click on my link – The enormity of […]

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Harsh lessons – A poor decision to ignore the rules leads to a huge fine!

Are you are aware of the landmark victory to find a company £385,000 for the death of one of its workers, who died whilst working in an excavation when it collapsed In the case of Regina V Cotswold Geotechnical, the judge, Mr Justice Field, said that the Director of the business knew of a rule […]

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Corporate Manslaughter Case Update

Judge orders £385,000 to be paid over ten years, reflecting “gravity” of offence but also “small scale” of company Alex Wright’s family say sentence gives “strength to face the future” but “no joy”.

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Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings fined £385,000 in first ever corporate manslaughter case. More details to follow

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