13 Feb 2015
HSE has reported that a building firm was fined £200,000 for corporate manslaughter and £20,000 for health and safety breaches following the death of a worker who fell through a skylight. The owner was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years; 200 hours unpaid work; and was slapped with a publicity order, requiring him to advertise what happened on the company’s website and in a local newspaper, and costs of £31,504.77. Here the sentencing was tough; however; sentencing for serious health and safety offences is set to get tougher. Are you aware of the Sentencing Council’s proposed sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety offences? No, read on.