Why numerous checks were not enough to prevent a £327,000 duty of care payout

A company took multiple steps to comply with the duty of care but its failure to check the detailed conditions of an exemption allowing wood to be stored on a waste site in Cambridgeshire proved extremely costly. Conor McGlone investigates

A recent duty of care prosecution sounds a warning about the lengths that companies must now go to in order to demonstrate that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that waste is managed properly, according to experts.

Under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, anyone dealing with waste is required to keep it safe, make sure it is dealt with responsibility, and only given to businesses authorised to take it.

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