Construction News

Sat September 25 2021

Related Information

HSE trains construction bosses how to handle investigations

1 Nov 13 Construction bosses who want to be prepared for the day the safety police come knocking with charges of corporate manslaughter might be interested in a new training event from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Being interview under caution after a colleague or employee has been killed or injured can be intimidating and distressful. Now the HSE is organised a simulation training event for the construction industry.

Presented by HSE inspectors and lawyers, a director of a fictional company will be interviewed under Police & Criminal Evidence (PACE) conditions in front of the audience. The scenario: an employee has fallen from height, through a fragile roof, and HSE is questioning operations director for a local warehouse company to decide whether to prosecute the company for safety breaches. What should the director say to minimise the likelihood of prosecution?

The operations director will also be cross examined by a barrister before the barrister and the lawyer, Hayley Saunders from Shoosmiths, take questions from the floor.

HSE visiting officer Ian Weekes explained:  “Those who come along will be able to see first-hand what it is like for a representative of the company to face questioning under PACE conditions, and the implications for those involved. It’ll be a real eye opener for those attending, giving a detailed insight into what happens when someone has to answer to HSE because a worker has been injured.”

The half day event – Wrong Direction, Don’t Fall for It – is at the Lumb Farm Country Club in Ripley, Derbyshire, on Friday 6 December.

For more information or to book a place contact HSE visiting officer Ian Weekes on 0115 971 2871 or email

Got a story? Email


Click here to view more construction news »