R v Electricity North West Ltd

Criminal law – Verdict. The fact that a risk was not reasonably foreseeable was not an answer to a charge of breaching reg 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, SI 2005/735, by a failure of proper planning. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, although reducing the defendant's fine from £900,000 to £135,000, further held that, although the conviction had to have been based on a narrow evidential foundation, it was not accepted that there had been no, or insufficient, factual basis, nor that the conviction had been inconsistent with acquittals on other counts such as to call for interference.

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