A company has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter and fined £385k in the first prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. An employee of the company died when the walls of the 3.5 metres deep pit in which he was carrying out a soil inspection (unsupervised) collapsed. Industry guidance prohibited entry into pits of more than 1.2 metres deep. The company was charged with, and found guilty of, corporate manslaughter. The fine was intended to have a punitive effect and to ensure that other companies follow health and safety guidance. The court took into account the size of the company and its financial state when determining the level of the fine. The court also refused to grant the company permission to appeal against its conviction.