Court decision signals jump in corporate manslaughter cases

first_imgCourt decision signals jump in corporate manslaughter casesOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. High court ruling seen as historic breakthrough in establishing corporateresponsibility for deathsThe number of corporate manslaughter cases looks set to rise following thelandmark ruling against the Crown Prosecution Service in the Simon Jones case. In its historic judgement at the end of March the High Court ordered the CPSto reconsider its decision not to pursue charges against the firm Euromin. Jones, working for Euromin in Shoreham Docks, West Sussex, was killed by agrab crane in April 1998 on his first day at work. The crane was allegedly toolow as a result of procedures designed to save time when unloading ships. But the CPS defended its actions and was considering an appeal against theruling as OH went to press. “While we take account of the judgement and what was said we will stillconsider cases individually,” said a spokeswoman. “Every case isdifferent and has its own facts. Corporate manslaughter is quitedifficult.” The Government is reviewing the law on corporate manslaughter to make iteasier to bring prosecutions where individual culpability is not obvious. Asthe law stands an organisation cannot be found guilty. High Court judges Lord Justice Buxton and Mr Justice Moses said the CPS was”irrational”, and that the dangers inherent in the docks were”plain as a pikestaff”. Labour MP George Galloway, who has championed the cause, said the ruling is”a historic breakthrough in establishing corporate responsibility for thefate of staff to whom they owe a duty of care”. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img