17 February 2011
Firm becomes first to be convicted of corporate manslaughter
A Gloucestershire company has become the first organisation in the UK to be convicted under the new corporate manslaughter act.
Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings (CGH) has been found to be liable for the death of Alex Wright, a man who was 27 years of age when he passed away, in September 2008 following an incident in which soil collapsed in on him as he investigated conditions within a deep trench at a work site in the town of Stroud.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) - which was established in 1986 in order to prosecute criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales - took the firm to court and it has now been ruled that the accident was the fault of CGH.
Kate Leonard of the CPS special crime division commented that Mr Wright's death was a "tragedy for all those who loved him" and "would never have happened if CGH had properly protected him".
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Posted by Richard Saunders