Bosley Wood Mill explosion

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Representing Philip Smith in respect of a very high profile ongoing CPS/HSE prosecution arising out of the Bosley Wood Mill explosion in July 2015 in which four employees of Wood Treatment Limited were killed. There is significant national media interest and this is one of the current leading health and safety prosecutions in the country.

Wood Treatment Limited has been charged with the offence of Corporate Manslaughter and with various health and safety offences. A Director of the company has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter contrary to common law.

Mr Smith and another Manager were investigated for gross negligence manslaughter contrary to common law and health and safety offences. Following three rounds of PACE interviews and an investigation lasting four years, Mr Smith has not been charged with gross negligence manslaughter but faces a charge of being an officer of a body corporate which committed an offence under HSWA, committed with the consent, connivance or being attributable to the neglect of Mr Smith contrary to section 37(1) HSWA.

To date extensive expert evidence has been obtained and disclosed covering the following disciplines: civil engineering; electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; process safety.

Charges were laid in November 2019. All parties have pleaded “not guilty”. Disclosure of what is anticipated to be 1000’s of pages of material is ongoing.

The case is listed for trial in January 2021 with an estimated length of hearing of 3 months.

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