On the 31st of July, the new sentencing guidelines for manslaughter offences were published by the Sentencing Guidelines Council. The revised guidelines made a heavy impact on health & safety offences for gross negligence manslaughter.
The new guidelines come into effect on 1 November 2018 and will apply from that date regardless of whether the crime was committed prior to the revisal.
Health & safety cases have typically seen the organisation being prosecuted for corporate manslaughter or other offences under the Health and Safety at Work 1974, however, recently officials have focused charges on the individuals within organisations, and these guidelines pave the way to massively increase custodial sentences.
So now, rather than seeing a maximum sentence of 4 years for a Gross Negligence Manslaughter offence regarding health & safety, an individual who is to blame for the offence can see a maximum sentence of 18 years - a 14-year increase!