Cotswold Geotechnic convicted of corporate manslaughter

Cotswold Geotechnic Holdings has become the first company to be convicted of the new offence of corporate manslaughter.

The prosecution brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) follows the death of Alex Wright, aged 27 years, in September 2008 in a trench collapse on a development site in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Imposing a fine of £385,000 to be paid over ten years, Mr Justice Field, presiding judge on the western circuit said: ‘The impact of the fine on a company cannot be the determining factor as to the level.

‘The fine must be fixed at a level which reflects the gravity of the offence and sends out a clear message both generally and to those in the contraction and excavation businesses.’