A mock trial has been held to highlight the dangers of poor health and safety at work practices.
The trial involved a fictional firm – called Scott Painters Ltd – and a group of health and safety professionals acting as the jury.
Fall from height
It revolved around an incident in which a painter and decorator – ‘Michael Johnson’ – sustained serious injuries in a fall from a mobile tower.
Mr Johnson had been painting a high wall at a shopping centre. The mobile tower he was working from was missing guardrails and a toe board.
Mr Johnson said he had expressed concerns about missing equipment to the managing director ‘Peter Scott’, but he had not acted It was also revealed that Mr Johnson did not have up-to-date training.
In the scenario, Mr Johnson fell from the tower, breaking his right leg in two places, fracturing a wrist and cracking four ribs.
The jury found the company guilty and fined them £200,000.
Events covered incident, investigation and trial
The event was organised by the Merseyside branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
It was part of a series of events aimed at highlighting the pitfalls of companies taking shortcuts with safety equipment.
The first event saw the accident scenario played out, while two further events saw accident investigations carried out. the final event was the trial.
IOSH Merseyside branch chair David Collins, said the series had been a success and had “brought the scenario to life”.
Date Published: April 30, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown