A suspended sentence of 15 months’ imprisonment imposed on a building contractor for gross negligence manslaughter was unduly lenient. Cases where employees were required to work from dangerous heights with an obvious potential for serious or fatal consequences if they were not protected required deterrent sentences. Furthermore, there had been no basis for suspending the sentence in the instant case.
ACCIDENTS AT WORK
A fine totalling £100,000 for health and safety at work-related offences was reduced to a total of £55,000 on appeal after taking into account: (i) the offending company’s culpability; (ii) the extent of any criminal default; and (iii) by reference to the mitigating and offending factors contained in F Howe & Son (Engineers Limited (1999) 2 All ER 249.