Britain introduces corporate manslaughter act

New law makes it easier to convict organizations of a worker's death
||Last Updated: 04/16/2008

Businesses in Britain could face considerable penalties if senior managers are found guilty of health and safety offences causing death, thanks to a new law.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was introduced after several prosecutions against large companies and individuals for manslaughter in high profile workplace accidents failed.

Before the new law a single individual, identifiable as the directing mind of the company, had to be personally guilty of gross negligence or manslaughter before the organization could be convicted.