Corporate Manslaughter

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The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into force on 6 April 2008. This means that companies and organisations can be found guilty of causing the death of employees as a result of serious breaches of duty of care or management failures.
An accident that causes the death of an employee is classified as corporate manslaughter if:

  • It is found to be the fault of the company or organisation responsible for that employee, as opposed to an individual;
  • The accident occurred as a result of negligence or a breach of the firm's duty of care;
  • The breach or negligence which caused the accident is well below the standards expected of the organisation in question;
  • Senior management's organisation of the company is found to have played a significant role in the accident.

If you are an employer and have concerns about your current health and safety standards, please contact the experienced team at O'Reilly Stewart who will help you navigate this complex area of law.

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