The sentencing of rail freight terminal operator after a child’s was electrocuted on a railway line clearly illustrates the moral and financial case for managing health and safety, says Laura White from Pinsent Masons law firm.

The tragic case of Harrison Ballantyne, an 11-year-old boy electrocuted while retrieving his ball from the top of a stationary rail freight carriage, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court in July 2021. The case gives plenty of food for thought on the moral reasons for managing health and safety as well as the financial case for doing so.

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