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Title: Will the new offence of corporate manslaughter motivate companies to prioritise safety over profit?
Author: Jacobs, Alexandra
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis examines the current law and the new offence of corporate manslaughter alongside the health and safety regulations. This thesis contributes to the debate in three ways. Firstly, it assesses the current law and questions whether the new offence of corporate manslaughter will be effective in making companies prioritise safety over profit. Secondly, it evaluates the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and examines the ability of the Health and Safety Executive to be proactive and to provide a deterrent in advance of potential law breaking, whilst asking whether the solution might lie not in the reform of the crime of manslaughter but rather in enforcing a much tougher regulatory regime of health and safety. Thirdly, it considers the UK construction industry together with the contractual procurement methods in use, drawing on empirical data gathered through in-depth interviews with senior construction industry personnel and representatives from the Construction Workers Union (UCATT), the Institute of Directors (loD) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). There has been no substantial research that has sought to examine, as the author intends to do, injuries and deaths at work from a company perspective within two different contexts: the criminological and regulatory, whilst drawing on original empirical findings. Furthermore, scarce academic attention has been paid to the proposed new offence of corporate manslaughter. It is intended that this thesis will fill that gap and provide an up-to-date innovative contribution to the future development of this area of law.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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