Company facing corporate manslaughter charges Date published: 8th November 2019 12.24pm

A company has been charged with corporate manslaughter following an investigation into the deaths of three men and a woman in an explosion at a mill in Bosley.

Wood Treatment Limited, at Wood Flour Mills in Tunstall Road, is facing four charges of corporate manslaughter and one charge under section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Representatives from the company have also been charged.

George Boden, 64, from Stockport, was charged with four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one charge under section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (in relation to the Section 2 charge against the company).

Phillip Smith, 58, from Macclesfield, was charged under section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (in relation to the HSWA Section 2 charge against the company).

Peter Shingler, 56, from Bosley, was charged under section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (in relation to the HSWA Section 2 charge against the company).

They will appear before Stockport Magistrates′ Court on 2 December 2019.

The charges relate to an explosion at the mill on the morning of 17 July 2015 in which Derek Moore, 62, Dorothy Bailey, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, and Will Barks, 51, sadly died.