corporate manslaughter

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Is a criminal offence that arises when a fatality has occurred due to a ‘gross breach’ of a duty of care, involving mismanagement by senior managers. Companies found guilty face unlimited fines but there is no provision in the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 for directors and individual managers to be held personally accountable. However, they may be prosecuted or sued under other health and safety law. Most fatalities at work will now result in a joint corporate manslaughter investigation by the police and Health and Safety Executive. To minimize the risk of prosecution, companies must be able to demonstrate the presence of an appropriate safety culture.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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