Corporate manslaugher case on manufacturing premises

An employee died while carrying out maintenance work at one of our client’s manufacturing premises. The company and three individual directors were prosecuted for corporate manslaughter.

After submissions were made before HHJ Gilbart QC on the various individual manslaughter and breaches of s.37 of the HSWA (where some but not all of those charges were stayed), the company pleaded guilty on a limited basis which resulted in a fine being sentenced which was less than the guideline amount and there was a significant and large reduction in the crown’s claim for costs.

The result of the plea meant the remaining cases against the directors were discontinued.