Lion Steel Limited has become the third company in the United Kingdom to be found guilty under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008. With the prosecution, Lion Steel has received the largest fine on record – £480,000 with additional costs of £84,000.
Last year, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings became the first company to be convicted under the Act, receiving a fine of £385,000. In May this year, Northern Ireland based business JMW Farms Limited (Co. Armagh) was fined £187,500 plus £13,000 costs.
Lion Steel, a Cheshire-based storage manufacturer, pleaded guilty to the offence in relation to the death of 45-year-old employee Steven Berry, who suffered fatal injuries when he fell through a fragile roof panel at the firm’s site in 2008.
Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008, organisations can be punished and censured for culpable conduct that leads to a person’s death – including the failure of providing adequate Duty of Care to its employees.
Until recently, successful prosecutions under the older Health