Lion Steel Corporate Manslaughter Sentence
Lion Steel Equipment Ltd has been fined £480,000 for corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. While the Sentencing Guidelines Council’s guidance suggests that a fine of less than £500,000 is seldom appropriate after trial, the court imposed a lesser fine in light of:- Lion Steel’s guilty plea The possibility that a larger fine might imperil Lion Steel’s business and the employment of its remaining staff The court ordered Lion Steel to pay the fine in four annual instalments, suggesting that this would allow it time to take out loans secured against its premises. The court also imposed a £15 victim surcharge, as required by the Act. However, it did not make any remedial, compensation or publicity orders. Lion Steel’s conviction related to the death of an employee, Stephen Barry, in a fall from height in May 2008. It is only the second English company convicted of corporate manslaughter under the Act.