Should an accident occur then the scene of that accident will contain evidence which could be vital to any subsequent investigation, be that criminal or civil.
Yet this crucial evidence, in effect the investigation’s foundations, is inherently fragile and could be lost forever if scene examination is delayed awaiting the arrival of an external specialist.
Make no mistake: time is of the essence if evidence is to be protected!
Who should attend?
Duration and fees:
This course lasts 1 day, and costs £325 + VAT per person.
The course has been specifically designed for those at director and senior management level because these are the people - you and your colleagues - who risk being held personally responsible for the company's alleged Health and Safety failings. And the situation will not be helped if there is a lack of evidence available to support a legal defence.
It's also important to understand that, because of a legal principle called the "reverse burden of proof", companies charged with a breach of Health and Safety have to prove themselves innocent instead of having to be proved guilty. Preserving crucial evidence as soon as possible after the accident is often a vital part of such a defence.
Setting the scene:
Managers/ directors will:
Understand the critical need to preserve and protect evidence
Gain sufficient knowledge for them to manage the accident scene effectively
Appreciate the different types of evidence that may be available
Understand how evidence can be identified, preserved and later analysed to build a defence case
Duty of care
Reverse burden of proof
Section 37 prosecutions
Why you’re on your own...
Legal professional privilege
How big a team?
Using internal/ external support – which approach is best?
Examining the accident scene
Interviewing witnesses (overview)
Root cause analysis (overview)
Delegates will learn techniques for practical scene management, procedures which they can put into place within minutes of the accident occurring so as to protect that essential evidence – evidence which could make the difference between a heavy fine and an acquittal.
Satisfactory completion of the course will be recognised by the award of a certificate.