Landmark Act on corporate manslaughter approved

Under the new law companies, organisations and, for the first time, Government bodies face an unlimited fine if they are found to have caused death due to their gross corporate health and safety failures.

The Corporate Manslaughter Act is a landmark in law and the culmination of ten years of campaigning by unions and other groups. Employees of companies, consumers and other individuals will be offered greater protection against corporate negligence. The new law will focus the minds of those