Corporate manslaughter penalty

Manchester Crown Court has ordered Lion Steel Equipment Limited to pay a fine of £480,000 following the death of one of its employees from injuries sustained in May 2008.

A maintenance worker, Steven Berry, fell through the rooflight of the company’s Cheshire factory to the floor below. He was expected to work at height unsupervised on the fibreglass roof with no safety equipment and was given no training.

Although it was impossible to explain exactly why Mr Berry fell, the absence of crawling boards, barriers etc were ample evidence of unsafe working systems. The conviction is the third under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. The firm is allowed to pay the fine and costs over three years.

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