Corporate manslaughter and health and safety

1 March 2021

Thames Water fined for “entirely foreseeable” pollution

Thames Water was sentenced on Friday 26 February 2021 to a fine of £2.3m and ordered to pay costs of almost £90,000. The case is noteworthy both because of the level of the fine imposed and because the Environment Agency (“EA”) uses criminal prosecutions as a means of enforcement relatively rarely.

Jonathan Grimes

17 December 2020

You are what you package your food in - Food Standards Agency consults on changes to food contact materials offences

On 4 November 2020, the Food Standards Agency (“FSA”) launched a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the offences for non-compliance under the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2012 (the “Regulations”).

Sophie Wood

4 December 2020

Return to sender: Illegal waste exports are returned to the UK

On 28 October 2020 the Environment Agency (“EA”) announced that a consignment of 21 waste containers, which were illegally shipped to Sri Lanka in 2017, had been successfully returned to their point of origin in the UK.

Sophie Wood

3 December 2020

Care home ordered to pay £167,670 for health and safety breaches

Sentinel Health Care Limited has pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm, to resident Andrew Clegg and a further charge of failing to provide safe care and treatment exposing other service users, to a significant risk of avoidable harm.

Sophie Wood

27 October 2020

Crown Censure for the MoD after health and safety failings

On 29 September 2020 it was announced that the Ministry of Defence (“MoD”) had accepted a Crown Censure from the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) after a 26 year old marine died during a training exercise.

Sophie Wood

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