JMW Farms Limited (Co. Armagh) has been fined a £187,500, plus costs, for the Corporate Manslaughter of 45-year-old employee Robert Wilson on 15th November 2010.
Mr Wilson, who was working at the meal-mixing plant on the farm, was killed after being struck by a metal bin which fell off a forklift. The forklift was being driven by Mark Wright, one of the company directors. The investigation revealed a number of heath and safety failings on the part of the company.
Whilst only a few cases have so far been brought under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Hiomicide Act 2007, it will now almost always be considered as a possibility whenever someone dies as a result of potential health and safety failings, The Police and HSE will work together to decide who takes the lead and which charges, if any, will be brought.
If you ever needed more incentive to properly manage your health and safety risks ....