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Rise in Corporate Manslaughter Cases Brings Stark Warning to Cost Cutters

31 January 2013
 January 31, 2013

Senior staff have been warned against cost-cutting measures when protecting their staff after the revelation of a significant rise in Corporate Manslaughter cases.

The number of Corporate Manslaughter cases opened by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for England and Wales has risen by almost 20 in each of the years since the legislation came into force.

Since the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act in 2008, the CPS has opened 141 cases. In all, 56 cases are currently being investigated for prosecution – raising the prospect of further convictions to add to the three concluded since the Act came into force.

Since the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act in 2008, the CPS has opened 141 cases. In all, 56 cases are currently being investigated for prosecution – raising the prospect of further convictions to add to the three concluded since the Act came into force.


The Act is designed to make it easier for companies to be found guilty for deaths arising from management failures that constituted a gross breach of their Duty of Care.

The number of current cases being investigated should come as a stark warning to companies who neglect their employees’ safety – especially to those working alone or in unsupervised situations.

Due to the length and complexity of Corporate Manslaughter cases, there have only been a handful of prosecutions so far. However, in time, this figure will be expected to significantly rise. In fact, the number of cases opened by the CPS in 2012 was 63 – an increase of 40% on the previous year.

This is an important message to senior managers with responsibility to employee safety that cost-cutting measures which may knowingly endanger the welfare of their staff will not be tolerated and can be heavily punished.

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