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Eversheds comment: New health & safety sentencing guidelines underline imperative of safe working environments

Eversheds comment: New health & safety sentencing guidelines underline imperative of safe working environments

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    03-11-2015

    Commenting on the publication of definitive guidelines for the sentencing of health and safety and corporate manslaughter offences in England and Wales, Kevin Elliott, head of the corporate compliance team at law firm Eversheds, says:

    "It is clear the courts are being encouraged to ensure that fines are sufficiently substantial to have real economic impact. This is intended to bring home to shareholders and management alike the need to have safe working environments. Under these guidelines, the penalties for an established shortcoming will be huge and in line with the kind financial institutions have had imposed on them following financial misdemeanours."

     

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