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care home fined £1.5 million as impact of new sentencing guidelines is felt

9 September 2016

The impact of the new sentencing guidelines for heath and safety offences is being felt across all sectors. Yesterday at Nottingham Crown Court, Embrace All Limited was fined £1.5 million in respect of a prosecution brought after a resident fell to his death down an unlit staircase at one of its care home premises. The manager of the care home also received a suspended prison sentence.

The case highlights how courts are seeking to deliver the message intended by new guidelines, that health and safety fines should have a real impact upon companies and their shareholders.

Organisations should ensure that their systems and procedures comply with relevant legislation and guidance and that in the event of an incident or accident they have an effective process in place to manage the rigours of a police, HSE or local authority investigation.

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