Building bosses to deliver verdict at mock HSE trial

Aaron Morby 10 years ago
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Bosses of construction firms are being invited to deliver their verdict on a mock health and safety prosecution.

Contractors will get the chance to decide whether a fictitious firm and its director are guilty or not guilty.

The free event will highlight the process of what happens when a director has to answer to the courts following a serious injury.

It is hoped the enacted prosecution following an employee of a painting and decorating firm who suffers serious injuries falling from height will hammer home the level of risk management firms should undertake.

It is being organised by the West Midlands Working Well Together group with support from the Health and Safety Executive.

The case will be heard by a magistrate and be prosecuted and defended by legal professionals from top law firm Pinsett Masons as it would be in a real court case.

Following the verdict there will be a discussion on the case outcome and an opportunity to ask questions.

HSE acting principal inspector Amy Kalay said: “Protecting the health and safety of employees is an essential part of risk management.

“It’ll be a real eye opener for those attending, giving a detailed insight into what happens when someone has to answer to the courts because a worker has been injured.”

Event details

University of Wolverhampton Science Park on Wednesday 17 September. Contact Dee Welsh at HSE on 0121 607 6129 or email [email protected] by Wednesday 10 September.

Falls continue to be the biggest cause of fatal injury in Britain’s workplaces, and account for more than half of construction workplace deaths.

In 2012/13, 25 of the 47 worker deaths in construction were the result of a fall from height.

On top of this, more than 4,000 major injuries such as broken bones or fractured skulls are reported to HSE each year by the construction industry.

More than half of these serious injuries involve falls from height or from tripping over materials on walkways and are easily preventable.

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