Firms may face tougher penalties for work injury

A recent consultation report from the Sentencing Guidelines Council has proposed tougher penalties for organisations that fail in their health and safety duties, in a move which may have an impact on injury compensation claims.

Under the recommendations, fines for companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter would run into the millions of pounds and would rarely be less than GBP 500,000.

Additionally, fines for deaths caused by health and safety offences in the workplace should seldom be less than GBP 100,000 according to the proposals.

"Fines cannot and do not attempt to value a human life – compensation will be payable separately in these cases," commented Lord Justice Anthony Hughes of the Sentencing Guidelines Council.

"The fine is designed to punish and these are serious offences so the fines imposed should be punitive and significant to reflect that."

In January 2008, the council called for tougher measures for those who cause death by dangerous driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19450210-ADNFCR

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