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Eleventh UK corporate manslaughter conviction

A UK building firm, Peter Mason Ltd, has become the eleventh company to be convicted for corporate manslaughter.

A UK building firm, Peter Mason Ltd, has become the eleventh company to be convicted for corporate manslaughter. It was fined £200,000 for the corporate manslaughter offence under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007, and £20,000 to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of its employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Peter Mason, owner of the company, was also convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years; 200 hours unpaid work; a publicity order to advertise what happened on the company website for a set period of time; to take out a half page spread in the local newspaper; and pay costs of £31,504.77.

The employee had been working on the roof and had fallen through a skylight from a height of 7.6 metres onto a concrete floor.  The investigating inspector at the HSE stated that the company had done nothing to ensure he was safe whilst working on a fragile roof.  He said that the owner of the company knew the clear panels on the roof were not safe to walk on, but neither he nor his company provided any equipment, such as fitting scaffolding or netting under the fragile panels, or covers over the panels.