If one of your employees dies as a result of an accident while at work, your business could be liable to prosecution for corporate manslaughter if serious breaches of duty of care or management failures contributed to the death.
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What is Corporate Manslaughter?
An accident which causes the death of an employee is classed as corporate manslaughter if:
- The accident occurred as a result of negligence or a breach of the firm’s duty of care.
- It is found to be the fault of the company or organisation responsible for that employee, as opposed to an individual.
- Senior management’s organisation of the company is found to have played a significant role in the accident
- The breach or negligence which caused the accident is well below the standards expected of the organisation in question.
When would I need a Corporate Manslaughter Solicitor?
The best way of avoiding prosecution and protecting your staff is to carry out regular reviews of your health and safety policies, as recommended by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive).
Particular focus should be given on ensuring that health and safety is effectively managed by senior management. In this way, employees are protected from unnecessary accidents and the company avoids prosecution under corporate manslaughter law.
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