Call for tougher penalties as gross manslaughter guidelines come into effect

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for penalties that “reflect the gravity” of offences and greater use of measures such as director disqualification and retraining, as new sentencing guidelines for gross negligence manslaughter come into effect.

From Thursday 1 November 2018, those convicted of the offence of gross negligence manslaughter in England and Wales will face longer prison sentences, up to a maximum of 18 years, as well as compensation orders. 


IOSH, which supports the new guidelines, says all employers are responsible for managing risks posed to workers and that those who cut corners and risk lives should be held properly to account.

Offenders can also be disqualified from being a director of a company for up to 15 years.

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