On 15 April 2011, a managing director - in his capacity as head of health and safety in the workplace - was convicted of wilful murder following a fire in December 2007 in the Italian plant of a global technology company which caused the death of seven employees.

The managing director was sentenced by the Labour Court of Turin to six and a half years' imprisonment for his failure to implement the necessary health and safety measures to avoid or reduce the risk of fire. With its decision, the Labour Court of Turin has essentially accepted the claims raised by the public prosecutors.

The decision of the Labour Court of Turin represents the first case in Italy under which a managing director has been convicted of wilful murder as a result of failure to comply with health and safety provisions