Move to prosecute over the Hatfield rail crash welcomedOn 1 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Tworail firms and six senior managers charged with manslaughterHealthand safety campaigners have welcomed the decision by the Crown ProsecutionService (CPS) to charge railway contractor Balfour Beatty, Network Rail(formerly Railtrack) and six senior managers with manslaughter in the wake ofthe Hatfield rail crash.However,the landmark move has come amid renewed fears that the Government’slong-awaited legislation on corporate man-slaughter may be delayed again.Sixsenior managers from the two firms and a further six men, including former bossGerald Corbett, appeared in court in July.DavidBergman, director of the Centre for Corporate Accountability, said the CPSdecision was “very significant”.Headded: “There have only ever been five companies convicted of manslaughter –all of which were small companies.“Thisis because the law requires that a company director or senior manager isprosecuted as an individual for the offence, before the company – a separatelegal entity – can be prosecuted.”Therehave only ever been two large companies that have been prosecuted formanslaughter: P&O European Ferries after the Zeebrugge disaster and GreatWestern Railways over the Southall rail crash. Both prosecutions failed.Onedifficulty is the necessity to have sufficient evidence to prosecute a companydirector or senior manager before the company itself can be prosecuted, Bergmanadded.GeorgeBrumwell, general secretary of construction workers’ union UCATT, said: “It isexcellent that the principle of charging both companies and individual managershas been established.”However,there has been dismay over an admission by the Government that a consultationprocess will accompany the publication of its corporate man-slaughterlegislation in the autumn and, as a result, it is feared this may lead tofurther delays.Thelegislation was a 1997 manifesto commitment and health and safety campaignershave long awaited its introduction.
Pawan Kalyan, Image source: JanaSena PartyActor and Jana Sena Party (JSP) founder, Mr. Pawan Kalyan, extended his support to the employees of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) in Visakhapatnam yesterday, local media reports.The JSP chief joined the employees in their fight to stop privatization of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI).Pawan has also written a letter of appeal to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, asking him to intervene in the matter and help the employees’ cause.Speaking at the meeting, he said: “One can understand if the government is giving up a corporation running in loss. But I wonder at their move to privatize DCI even though it is profitable.”Pawan reminded the union government that DCI is a world-renowned dredging company, and demanded that the union and state governments consider the lives of the people who contributed to DCI’s development.He also met with the bereaved family of N. Venkatesh who committed suicide recently due to uncertainty about the future of his job at DCI.