Company fined £700,000 for corporate manslaughter

A company has been sentenced to a £700,000 fine after being found guilty by a jury for corporate manslaughter. It was also ordered to pay all CPS costs and half of the Health & Safety Executive’s costs. The conviction followed the death of one of their employees, a crane driver, in 2011. At the time of his death he was driving a 16 wheel, 130 tonne crane down an access road when it crashed after failing to negotiate a steep bend.

An aggravating feature of the case was that on wider investigation, several of the company’s cranes were discovered to have faults with their brakes or other operating systems. The company had failed to service and maintain the vehicles which would have prevented the accident.