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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Blood in the Bank

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ISBN13: 9781840140798
ISBN: 1840140798
Published: April 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text is based upon a detailed empirical study of 40 cases of commercially related deaths. The cases are taken from 20 towns and cities in England. The author critically examines the theory and practice of the legal responses to such deaths.

The conduct of the Health and Safety Executive, the police, coroner, lawyers and the Crown Prosecution Service are analyzed in detail. The author executes his analysis in three stages: events are first scrutinized in the context of the law that governs them; the deaths and official responses are then considered in the context of the psychology of the decision-makers; and finally, the drams are looked at in a wider context of political economy.

The rigorous approach and the use of empirical evidence leads the author to point to many weaknesses, anomolies and deficiencies in the way the law and machinery of the state respond to deaths at work.

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Health and Safety
The theoretical framework - criminal law, manslaughter, the CPS, the police, the HSE and the coronial inquest
the development of corporate liability and the sale of corporate risk-taking
the legal process (1) - the police, the CPS and the HSE
the legal process (2) - the inquest
social perceptions of the dramatis personae
the historical and economic context
legal, criminological and social science perspectives.