Posted by: David Cant | July 14, 2008

Hammurabis Code of Laws

This is just a very small selection of many early written laws (Hammurabi Babylonian King who set down first written code of laws)- more like religious education than health and safety

(okay so not our legislation but interesting nevertheless?)

1792-1750 B.C
The Code of Laws of Hammurabi
“ If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death” [Law 229]

“If it kill the son of the owner the son of that builder shall be put to death“ [Law 230]

If it kill a slave of the owner, then he shall pay slave for slave to the owner of the house [Law 231]

“If it ruin goods, he shall make compensation for all that has been ruined, and inasmuch as he did not construct properly this house which he built and it fell, he shall re-erect the house from his own means” [Law 232]

Deuteronomy Chapter 22: 8 – commonly attributed to Moses, 5th book of the Torah (Jewish law book / the old testament) circa 450 B.C (Ezra) “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof; otherwise you may have a blood-guilt on your house, if any one should fall from it”

Interested in a full list please contact us through our website and we will be pleased to send you a copy.


  1. I’d be interested in looking this please. Thanks

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