Corporate manslaughter

Corporate manslaughter (referred to as corporate homicide in Scotland) is a criminal offence that allows for companies and other similar organisations to be liable for deaths.

An organisation will be guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed causes a person’s death, and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased. This will be the case only if the way in which the organisation’s activities are managed by its senior management is a substantial element of the breach.


Unions riled over delayed corporate killing laws

24 Nov 2004

The Government’s backtracking on corporate killing legislation has angered unions.The often delayed corporate manslaughter Bill was a Labour manifesto promise...

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Rising death rate puts corporate killing law back on agenda

19 Nov 2004

The rise in deaths at work reported by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has prompted renewed calls for legislation...

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Guardian claims foreign secretary is blocking corporate manslaughter law

22 Oct 2004

Foreign secretary Jack Straw is trying to block the introduction of legislation that would create an offence of corporate manslaughter,...

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TUC steps up campaign for corporate manslaughter charge

18 Oct 2004

The Government faces renewed calls from the TUC to introduce corporate manslaughter legislation after statistics showed that three construction workers...

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Corporate manslaughter

5 Oct 2004

With corporate manslaughter laws on the horizon, employers are scrutinising their health and safety procedures. We find out how one such company is managing the risks faced by its car drivers.

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Workplace deaths increase for second time in four years

2 Sep 2004

The number of people killed at work has increased for the second time in the past four years, rising by...

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