of Convictions of Directors for the offence of manslaughter
figures relate to cases since 1980 and perhaps before
Directors have been convicted of manslaughter
have been sent to prison
have received a suspended prison sernence
has recieved community service
are details of the 11 directors convicted.
However, to see list which includes all business owners,
Heating Services Ltd
(including H+S offences)
Hardwood (UK) Ltd
month prison sentence - suspended for two years
Clothier and sons:
hrs community Service
Morgan and Barry Davies
Transport (Ossett) Ltd
Dean and three others
of Darayl Arnold
Mr Arnold, aged 27, and several others had been employed
by Mr Lee Harper of Cannock, Staffordshire, to remove
and replace the roof of a warehouse on the Lynton
industrial estate in Salford. No safe system of work
had been prepared before the work began and no safety
precautions were in place at the time of the incident.
Mr Arnold had never worked on a roof before.
Whilst working on the roof, Mr Arnold stepped backwards
onto a fragile rooflight on an adjoining warehouse,
which gave way. Mr Arnold fell approximately 6.75m
landing on the ground floor directly below. He died
as a result of his injuries. Mr Harper, managing director
of Harper Building Contractors Ltd of Cannock Staffordshire
pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and a breach
of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act
Death of Stepehn Law, Neil Owen, and Benjamin Kwapong
Spree, 47, from Sheerness, in Kent, admitted the manslaughter
and unlawful killing of Mr Owen and Mr Kwapong. Keymark
Services pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the
two men. The crash on the M1 in Northamptonshire happened
on 27 February 2002 when lorry driver Steven Law -
who worked for Keymark Services - fell asleep at the
wheel and crashed into seven vehicles. Northampton
Crown Court heard how lorry drivers were told to falsify
records so they could work longer hours. It also heard
how working practices at the haulage company were
"an accident waiting to happen". Sir Derek
Spencer QC, prosecuting, said: "Drivers drove
as long as they could, failing to take daily rests
and weekly rests. "The result was that there
was a risk that any of them at any time might fall
asleep at the wheel.
Drivers also regularly kept false records of working
hours so it appeared they were complying with the
law. At the time of the collision, Mr Law's tachograph
actually showed his truck at rest at Keymark's depot
on the Isle of Sheppey.
Following a police investigation all of the company's
10 full-time drivers were prosecuted - they were fined
for a total of 400 different offences of breaching
driving regulations and falsifying vehicle records.
Three other part-time drivers received official cautions.
of Ben Pinkham
Ben suffered 90% burns following an explosion at Princess
Yachts International on 3 February 2003.
of Christopher Longrigg in April 2000
On 25th February 2003, Teglgaard Hardwood
(UK) LTD and one of its directors, John Horner (58)
pleaded guilty at Hull Crown court to the manslaughter
of 18 year old labourer Christopher Longrigg who died
in April 2000 when a stack of timber fell on him whilst
he was working for the company at the old Dunstans
shipyard in Hessle.
on Guilty plea
Article on Sentencing
of Stephen Hayfield in November 2000
In October 2002, the company, Dennis Clothier
and Sons, and one of its directors, Julian Clothier
were found guilty of the manslaughter of Stephen Hayfield
(39) who died in November 2000 when he was hit by
a 20-tonne trailer which was owned by the company.
Bristol Crown Court heard that the trailer became
detached from a tractor because it was dangerously
loaded and the hitch mechanism connecting the trailer
to the tractor was "badly worn". Mr Clothier
was responsible for the maintenance on the companys
vehicles, and the court heard that he should have
noticed the defect which was "obvious to the
naked eye." A failsafe system was not connected
at the time of the crash. In December, he was sentenced
to do 240 hours community Service
Death of Bill Larkman
in June 1999
In August 2001, English Brothers LTD, a Wisbech based
construction company, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter
of Bill Larkman, a gang foreman, who died in June
1999 when he fell over eight metres though a fragile
roof to his death. The prosecution had earlier accepted
a plea of not guilty from Melvyn Hubbard,
a director of the company. The Court heard that in
1997, inspectors from the HSE had seen Bill Larkman
working at another English Brothers site without using
the correct safety equipment, and had spoken to the
company about its safety failings. However nothing
was done to improve the situation. The company was
of John Speight in February 1998
In March 2000, Roger Jackson (43), Director of Easy
Moss Products LTD was convicted for the manslaughter
of John Speight (25), a worker with special needs,
who was crushed to death in February 1998 when he
fell from a cage which was being lifted on a forklift
truck (FLT). He received a 12 month sentence, suspended
for two years. He was also convicted of two health
and safety offences and fined £10,000.
of Peter Morgan and Barry Davies in October 1997
In October 1999, Stephen Bowles (45) and his sister
Julie Bowles (41), both Directors of Roy Bowles Transport
LTD were convicted of the manslaughter of Peter Morgan
(48) and Barry Davies (38) who died in October 1997
in a seven vehicle pile up on the M25 after a lorry
driver, working for the company, fell asleep at the
wheel. The Old Bailey heard that Mr Cox, the lorry
driver, and other drivers at the firm worked very
long hours with the knowledge of the directors. Stephen
Bowles and Julie Bowles were sentenced to 15 months
and 12 months imprisonment respectively, but both
sentences were suspended for two years. Victor Gilliard,
a company Secretary, was acquitted of manslaughter.
Andrew Cox, the driver of the lorry, received a two
and a half year prison sentence for the offence of
death by dangerous driving.
of James Hodgson in May 1994
In September 1996, Jackson Transport (Ossett) LTD
and its managing Director, Alan Jackson were convicted
for the manslaughter of James Hodgson who died in
May 1994 after cleaning chemical residues at the rear
of a road tanker. Bradford Crown Court heard that
James Hodgson died when he used steam pressure to
clean a valve in a tanker blocked with highly toxic
chemicals. The company had not provided preventative
equipment, supervision, or adequate training. Alan
Jackson, the sole director of the company at the time
of the death, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
and the company was fined £15,000.
of Simon Dean and three others in March 1993
In November 1994, Oll Ltd and its managing director
Peter Kite was convicted of the manslaughter of four
students of Southway Comprehensive School in Plymouth
Simon Deane (16), Clair Langley (16), Rachel
Walker (16) and Dean Sawyer (17) - who died during
a canoeing trip in Lyme Regis, Dorset in March 1993.
Winchester Crown court held that the group was accompanied
by a school teacher and two unqualified instructors
who only had basic proficiency skills in canoeing.
The group was swept out to sea, and capsized frequently.
The Centre had not provided any distress flares and
had not informed the coastguard of the expedition.
The prosecution highlighted the resignation of two
instructors from the Centre a year earlier in protest
at poor safety conditions. Mr Kite was sentenced to
three years imprisonment (reduced to two on appeal)
and the company was fined £60,000. The Centres
manager Joseph Stoddart was acquitted of manslaughter.
of George Kenyon in May 1988
In December 1989, Norman Holt, Director of David Holt
Plastics, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of one
of the companys employees, 25 year old George
Kenyon, who died in May 1988 when his body was dragged
into the blades of a plastic crumbing machine. The
Crown Prosecution Service accepted a not-guilty
plea from fellow Director, David Holt, with
the judge ordering that the case remain on file.
No company was prosecuted for manslaughter. The company
and both directors were fined a total of £47,000
for health and safety offences.