Contractors invited to ‘mock’ trial

Building contractors, including commercial kitchen fitters, are being invited to a mock trial to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution.

The free event, which is being backed by the Health and Safety Executive, will focus on a fictional prosecution arising from an incident where an employee working on a refurbishment project suffers serious injuries falling from height.

The case will be heard by a magistrate and will be prosecuted and defended by qualified legal professionals as it would be in a real court case.

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Those attending will be asked to decide if the company and its director are guilty or not guilty. Following the verdict there will be a discussion on the case outcome and an opportunity to ask questions on the case.

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.”

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.

The mock trial will take place at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park on Wednesday 17 September. More details can be found here.

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