Following an accident at a London park which resulted in the death of a child, this article explores the circumstances of the case and the decision not to prosecute the local authority for corporate manslaughter. The article also examines what health and safety responsibilities you may have as a local authority or organisation responsible for children's playgrounds or play areas.
Health and safety finesIn decreasing fine orderTata Steel fined £1.4m after health and safety failings lead to death of workerInjury: DeathFine: £1.4 millionEntity: Tata Steel UK
Whirlpool successfully appeals health and safety fine at the Court of Appeal – a trend in reducing "manifestly excessive" health and safety fines?
In a landmark Court of Appeal case, Whirlpool, the multinational manufacturer of home appliances has successfully appealed their sentence of a £700,000 fine, having earlier pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This article examines how Whirlpool managed to appeal their sentence on the basis that the fine was manifestly excessive and highlights how sentencing judges must pay close attention when applying the Definitive Sentencing Guideline on Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety and Food and Safety Hygiene Offences (the "Guideline") for health and safety offences. It is considered whether Whirlpool's success in the Court of Appeal will lead to other large organisations lodging appeals on similar grounds.