Malcolm Maycock, MD of Licence Bureau, looks at audits in the wake of changes to the corporate manslaughter sentencing guidelines.
Employers convicted under corporate manslaughter and health and safety legislation will face tougher fines from next month.
Baldwins Crane Hire has become the first firm to be charged with corporate manslaughter where a company driver was killed.
Businesses falling foul of health and safety legislation or corporate manslaughter could face tougher sanctions if new rules are adopted.
The employer of a company car driver involved in a fatal collision while talking on a hands-free phone has avoided prosecution.
A cleaning company boss has been fined £183,000 after an employee was killed while working on machinery in the company’s depot.
A wood recycling company has been sentenced for serious safety failings after a worker was killed after being struck by a loading vehicle and run over.
Five years after the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act came into effect, there have been only three successful prosecutions, none of which were related to fleets.
The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 came into force in early 2008, but there remain real doubts as to its force and applicability.
The first company convicted for corporate manslaughter will have to pay a £385,000 fine after it lost its appeal.
Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings has become the first company to be convicted under new corporate manslaughter legislation.
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