Blaming your contractors for your health and safety failures is generally reckoned to be tricky. And so it proved for Iceland who were found guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of a contractor accessing plant platform to carry out maintenance after a contractor fell to his death. Iceland claimed it had intended for a guardrail to be installed around the plant platform and had in fact paid for one during refurbishment of the store in January 2013. Even if it did, it didn't alter Iceland's' responsibility to risk assess the hazards faced by a visiting contractor accessing the platform 10 months later. Attempts to avoid criminal liability by blaming the contractor instructed to install the rail were rejected. An early guilty plea would have saved two weeks of trial costs and earned a discount of 25-33% on the fine. So a costly judgement call on plea...