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#1 Posted : 02 February 2001 23:21:00(UTC)
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Posted By Pat Burns As part my research on an assignment for my part 2 NEBOSH Diploma, I was astounded to find 184 cases listed on the HSE name and shame website where a fatality(s) had occured. Of all these cases where about 200 people were killed, only two resulted in a manslaughter charge, one being let off free on a conditional discharge and the other got a suspended sentence. The cases go back a few years so this begs the question. With the exception of R v OLL Ltd 1994, has anyone since this date received a prison sentence for a fatality in the workplace. It also opens up the debate regarding the time it is taking to reform the law on Involuntary Manslaughter. Comments wlecome please.
#2 Posted : 05 February 2001 09:43:00(UTC)
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Posted By peter gotch Pat, what astounds me is that so few of the fatal accidents in what is in effect a 21 month period covered by the name and shame site have resulted in prosecution of any type. Perhaps one of the outcomes of Revitalising H&S will be that HSE will ensure that their Inspectors are keener to demonstrate a more rigorous approach to making sure that justice is seen to be done. p
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