Police looking at range of breaches of health and safety up to corporate manslaughter
The Metropolitan Police is considering prosecutions for as many as 36 companies and organisations involved in the construction, refurbishment, maintenance and management of Grenfell Tower under health and safety legislation, it has been reported.
The criminal investigation running parallel to the Public Inquiry is seeing the Met actively investigating a range of health and safety offences all the way up to corporate manslaughter, its investigating leads told reporters.
The corporate manslaughter legislation, brought in to health and safety law in 2008, in a bid to underline accountability where there are serious management failings, brings with it the threat of fines based on a percentage of a company’s turnover and jail sentences for those individuals deemed to be responsible within a company for the failings.
It also emerged during the testimonials on Thursday 7th that the fire service had not been informed about the addition of combustible cladding material in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, thus rendering its ‘stay put’ protocol ineffective.
The Fire Officers’ Association said in its statement: “Before the fire, the FOA (nor the London Fire Brigade or Fire Brigades Uniono, as far as FOA is aware) were never informed of the combustible nature of the rainscreen cladding installed at Grenfell Tower in the refurbishment works undertaken.”