The number of directors and senior managers prosecuted under section 37 of the Heath and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974 has rocketed by more than 400 per cent in the last five years, reports SHP.
The total number of individuals convicted under s37 in 2010/11 was 35 – a substantial increase on the five convictions secured in 2005/06.
Of the senior managers and directors prosecuted in 2010/11, seven faced
charges as a result of an investigation that followed a fatal incident;
15 were prosecuted for offences that resulted from an investigation
where there had not been a fatal incident; and 21 resulted from an
investigation where no incident of any nature had occurred.
Following conviction, three directors were disqualified for periods of between four and five years under the Company Directors Disqualification Act, 1986.