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News Analysis: The Corporate Manslaughter Bill

In a recent case, two waste management companies were found guilty of failing to take reasonably practical precautions to ensure the safety at work of their employees (in breach of section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) and were fined £140,000 with costs. It seems clear that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are focusing their attention on the waste industry because of its high number of fatalities as compared to other industry sectors.