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Corporate manslaughter prosecutions rise

A record number of company directors and company owners have been prosecuted for manslaughter concerning a work-related death.

Link: Fraud office convictions hit new levels

Since new investigation procedures were introduced in April 1998, the Crown Prosecution Service has completed 10 prosecutions, while five are ongoing, according to the Centre for Corporate Accountability.

However, just three of these cases have resulted in convictions, while the total number of company directors convicted of manslaughter stands at six, with two farm owners and one sole trader having also been found guilty. In addition two companies have been convicted.

David Bergman, executive director of the CCA said: ‘Although the number of prosecutions represents only a very small proportion of the total number of work-related deaths in the same period, the figures do represent a significant increase in the prosecution rate.’

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