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We need bigger penalties for corporate manslaughter, says Sentencing Council

We need bigger penalties for corporate manslaughter, says Sentencing Council

27 November 2014 Email this article

Large organisations committing corporate manslaughter could face tougher fines of up to £20 million in England and Wales, a Sentencing Council review has proposed as part of a public consultation into the issue.

Fatal health and safety offences could also carry fines of up to £10 million, the new guidelines said. In 2013/14, there were 133 cases of fatal injuries at work while 70 members of the public were injured in work-related accidents, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Sentencing Council member Michael Caplan QC said he wanted to ensure that "these crimes don't pay".

"Businesses that put people at risk by flouting their responsibilities are undercutting those that play by the rules and do their best to keep people safe.

"Our proposals will help ensure a consistent approach to sentencing, allowing fair and proportionate sentences across the board, with some of the most serious offenders facing tougher penalties."

Have your say in the consultation here