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Following the death of an 11-year-old child who was hit by a speedboat whilst attending a friend’s birthday party that took place at a lake, the company that operated the site pleaded guilty to charges brought under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
Charges against one of the company’s directors were dropped.
After hearing that the company had a ‘lax attitude’ to health and safety and that the speedboat driver had no recognised qualifications, the decision of the judge was to fine the company ‘every penny it has’ – £135,000 including costs.
This case is the fifth conviction under the Act and illustrates that the courts will take very seriously breaches of health and safety laws that lead to someone being killed.
Failure to comply with health and safety legislation can lead to criminal prosecution and the loss of one’s business.
For advice on complying with your statutory responsibilities, contact Clare Towers.