27 March 2008
Firms have "much more to fear" from new corporate manslaughter laws
Companies have more to worry about as a result of the impending corporate manslaughter law which is due to come into force next month, an expert has said.
According to David Bergman, executive director of the Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA), the new legislation will end a status quo in which it had proved almost impossible to prosecute a large business, the Financial Times reports.
He stated: "[Large firms] have much more to fear. Now there is the prospect they could be held accountable."
Due to come into force next month, the new corporate manslaughter law will see companies face more police investigations and higher fines, among other potential penalties.
A charitable organisation established in 1999, the CCA is concerned with the promotion of both worker and public safety. It focuses on the role of state bodies in enforcing health and safety legislation.