R v Pyranha Mouldings Ltd and Peter Mackereth (Sentencing remarks)

Health and safety at work – Employer's duties. The first defendant company, P Ltd, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter of one of its employees, who had died after becoming trapped in an industrial oven. It was further convicted of offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, along with the second defendant director, M. In sentencing, the judge expressed his intention to that the penalty should bite against the director shareholders whilst at the same time ensuring that the company was preserved for the benefit of its employees. The judge imposed a fine of £200,000 on P Ltd and £25,000 on M. M was also given a suspended sentence of nine months' imprisonment.

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