Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Corporate Manslaughter Charge in Focus

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Corporate Manslaughter Charge in Focus

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A SOLICITOR has warned that North East building firms need to ensure health and safety policies are up to scratch following the UK's first corporate manslaughter prosecution. Rod Searl, partner at Crutes Law Firm issued the warning ahead of today's seminar for Constructing Excellence North East members on liaising with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) when disaster hits.

The one-hour seminar is being attended by over 40 national and regional construction companies, house builders, local authorities, housing associations, engineering firms and construction consultants at Crutes' offices in Newcastle.

Searl, who is the head of litigation at Crutes, said: "The first conviction for corporate manslaughter has been on the cards since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was passed in 2007.

"I think it's inevitable that this case will prompt an increase in prosecutions so it's imperative that businesses develop and maintain a health and safety policy, actively implement it and review it on a regular basis. …

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