Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007

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Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force on 6 April 2008. It clarified the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.

 

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter or corporate homicide as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

 

The Ministry of Justice leads on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and more information is available on its Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 webpage.

 

The HSE advises it welcomes and supports the Act as although the new offence is not part of health and safety law, it will introduce an important new element in the corporate management of health and safety.

Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals, but the liability of directors, board members or other individuals under health and safety law or general criminal law, will be unaffected. And the corporate body itself and individuals can still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences.

 

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 also largely removes the Crown immunity that applies to the existing common law corporate manslaughter offence. This is welcome, and consistent with Government and HSC policy to secure the eventual removal of Crown immunity for health and safety offences. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 provides a number of specific exemptions that cover public policy decisions and the exercise of core public functions.

 

If your company requires more guidance or assistance on compliance with the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 then please contact Active Safety Associates here.

 

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Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
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