07 April 2008
Directors will be in "firing line" if deaths occur due to corporate failures, expert says
Directors and senior managers will be in the "firing line" if work-related fatalities are judged to occur as a result of gross corporate failures, an expert has warned.
Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), stated that the implementation of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act on Sunday (April 6th) makes it clear that organisations will experience serious penalties if standards are well below what can reasonably be expected.
He commented: "If anyone dies as a result of gross corporate failings, directors who do not take safety seriously enough will find themselves in the firing line."
Mr Bibbings added that, although the Labour administration has said that corporate manslaughter prosecutions will be reserved for only the worst cases, exactly how serious "corporate offending" will have to be is yet to be determined.
Established over 80 years ago, RoSPA is a registered charity which promotes safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life.