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Since the implementation of the Corporate Manslaughter Act we have represented both individuals and companies in corporate manslaughter investigations and have been successful in helping clients avoid prosecution.
In the event of a fatality at work, the police will lead an investigation in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the possibility of corporate manslaughter. The police have the power to arrest and will use it to further their investigations. The HSE have powers of entry and specialist industry knowledge. Both agencies will cooperate in any investigation including at the interview stage and collecting witness statements.
Investigations will focus on senior managers and whether the company’s policies or lack of policies contributed to the fatality. A profile will be built as to how seriously a company has taken its health and safety obligations to establish whether a culture of failure has led to a fatality.
Organisations guilty of the offence may face unlimited fines. The Act also provides for courts to impose publicity orders, requiring the organisation to publicise details of convictions and fines. Courts may also require an organisation to take steps to address the failures behind the death by means of a remedial order.
Having experienced health and safety lawyers on call in times of emergency will ensure that the necessary advice is provided at the most important time. Our experts are available 24 hours a day.
We have expert Solicitors nationwide who are available 24/7 and can advise and represent you in relation to:
- Enforcement Notices
- On site investigations
- Disclosure requests
- Representation at Inquests
- Representation at Court.
Call our Corporate Manslaughter Solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online.
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