The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force to enhance the management of health and safety policies and to ultimately help prevent fatalities. Although individuals would not be responsible for such breaches of the act, the company or organisation would be if precautions are not taken.
There must be a duty of care within businesses and if this is not adhered to and a fatality occurs then there would be a serious case for corporate manslaughter. Although it would be the corporation that suffers, the directors or management of the company would be subject to health and safety or general criminal law.
A few business insurance providers are now starting to provide legal costs in liability insurance policies to help with any problems that occur that may be deemed to be part of this act. This is certainly an important thing to look out for as it can be a costly experience if it does happen.