Corporate manslaughter



A business can be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter if gross failures in the way it manages its activities lead to someone's death. Courts can look at management systems and practices across the whole business and investigate failures. The worst corporate failures to manage health and safety can be prosecuted.

Corporate manslaughter applies to companies and other incorporated organisations. It also applies to partnerships if they are an employer.

The offence doesn't require you to comply with new rules, but you should make sure you're taking proper steps to meet current legal duties. If your business doesn't ensure the safety of others at work, and someone dies as a result, you could be charged with a serious crime. See corporate manslaughter prosecutions and penalties.

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