Corporate manslaughter appeal fails in UK

June 2011

Live events industry

The first company in the UK to be convicted of corporate manslaughter, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd, has lost an appeal against its conviction for corporate manslaughter. The firm was convicted in February this year after geologist, Alexander Wright, 27, died in September 2008 when a trench he was working in collapsed. The company became the first to be prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and were fined 110% of their annual turnover (£385,000). In separate news, Network Rail has been fined  £3m for Heath & Safety legislation failings over the Potters Bar rail crash, in which seven people died. The company admitted breaching safety regulations that led to the West Anglia Great Northern train from London to King’s Lynn derailing just outside Potters Bar station in Hertfordshire in May 2002. The company had previously been fined £3.5m for failings in the Hatfield rail crash in 2000, which killed four and injured 102.

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