Friday, April 04, 2008

UK The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act

April 4th a news release announcing the long awaited and toiled for The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act comes in to play on April 6th. It took the unified efforts of families, unions and same page organizations to get the job done.

The new law focuses on the mind sets of companies, organizations and, and government bodies. If any are inordinately negligent and have caused a death they will be fined (for which there are no caps, unlike our OSHA fines) and they will face some rel jail time for their profits before people positions.

I am sure the UK had the same issues to overcome as do the US. Many companies protest this health and safety approach feeling that their are to many regulations but for these companies who are truly trying to do the right thing and have an effect health and safety structure they have no need to fear. It is the companies such as BP and Mcwane that will be effected because their corrupt way of doing business by ensuring employers know that people are not a cost of doing business.

For those who are truly trying The Institute of Directors and Health and Safety Executive have published guidance for directors on their responsibilities for health and safety entitled 'Leading health and safety at work: leadership actions for directors and board members', available on the Health and Safety Executive website.

The arguments are over and now there is a standard set forth as to how, who and when manslaughter comes to play in the workplace. I know this has been a discussion in BC, AU and the states and now that we have a basis we should act upon such an act in our realms.

Congratulation on
this Monumental win!

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