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Changes aim for swifter justice over workplace deaths

The Government is seeking more health and safety prosecutions before Inquests with changes to an agreement - the Work-Related Deaths Protocol - between those who investigate and prosecute work-related deaths.

Previously, only in exceptional circumstances were cases currently taken to an Inquest by regulators other than the Crown Prosecution Service. Health and safety offences were only usually brought at this stage if they were being tried in conjunction with manslaughter-related charges.

The revised rules from 1 October now allow prosecution before Inquest where manslaughter or homicide charges are not relevant.

This was first published in October 2011

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