Company directors imprisoned following conviction for health and safety breach

A recent Crown Court case provides a stark reminder of the serious potential consequences for company directors of a conviction for a breach of health and safety legislation.

In this case, two company directors were imprisoned for gross negligence manslaughter following the death and serious injury of two employees who had been working at height. One director was imprisoned for six years and the other for eight months. Falls from height are one of the main causes of work-related deaths in Britain.

The Health and Safety Executive offers comprehensive guidance on minimising the risks.