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First prosecution forces companies to take action on Corporate Manslaughter Act


The Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act of 2007 came into force nearly a year ago in April of 2008 and just recently the first prosecution under the act has been brought forward.

The Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act has been created for instances where gross negligence by companies with regards to health and safety has led to fatalities.

Alexander Wright, a junior geologist, was gathering soil samples when the pit he was working in collapsed, crushing him. The company and one Director are now being charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

The recent act has sparked much interest from companies and legal experts alike and made many companies review their health and safety measures to ensure they are operating in a safe working environment.

There are a number of tools and checks you can use to gauge how responsible your company is acting with regards to worker safety. Safetyshop ( have a large and diverse product range designed to make health & safety compliance simple and easy. Products include fire and general risk assessment software, various literature briefing companies on the relevant laws and acts that they should be complying with and many more safety equipment solutions.


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