I am a Chartered member of both IOSH and CIEH and on the OSHCR register.
I initially set up this business to provide practical and authoritative training in health and safety regulation and enforcement. Everything I include in my training is drawn from my 25+ years experience as a health and safety regulator, lecturer and Practitioner. During this time I have used the full range of enforcement options drawn from complex criminal investigation resulting in service of notices to prosecution of both individuals and large businesses. I worked for HSE for two years and held a full Inspectors Warrant providing advice and support to HSE and local authorities.
I have investigated or managed many different incidents resulting in broken bones, multiple injuries and many fatalities. Here are a few:
- Crushed by barrier
- Fatal scalding
- Explodng tandoori oven
- Slip accident
- Fatality at a nightclub
- Child falls 15ft at a nursery
- Asbestos release
- 9m Fall from care home window
I managed a team of local authority health and safety regulators and acted as mentor for their investigations. This involved providing advice on appropriate action, use of powers under S20 Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, providing advice on investigations and supporting them through to prosecution where appropriate. This has enabled me to develop detailed practical skills in investigation and interview techniques, PACE interviewing (including PEACE), dealing with lawyers and building successful cases for prosecution.
I also provide advice to other local authorites assisting them in their investigations, reviewing prosecution files, acting as second interviewing officer and advising on all matters in between.
For many years, I acted as the local authority liaison officer providing support to those bereaved following workplace fatalities. I have written guidance on this role which forms the basis of my training in family liaison. I have produced reports for coroners inquests and have presented evidence during inquests.
Although I have a local authority background, I also spent 2 yrs working for the Health and Safety Executive. During my time in the Field Operations Directorate – Safety Unit, I organised and delivered training for LA and HSE Inspectors and provided advice on machinery safety with regards to European Standards as well as the local authority perspective on many aspects of health and safety regulation.
Since leaving the role of a health and safety regulator I was the Course Director for the BSc (HONS) Environmental Health at Wolverhampton University teaching a variety of modules, mainly law and practice. Specifically health and safety, noise nuisance, food, the UK legal system and all aspects of a criminal investigation and prosecution. I have now gone full circle and am currently Head of Safety Services at a University providing advice and support on all matters compliance including CDM, fire safety as well as the usual health and safety subjects.
I draw on my experience to offer support and advice to local authorities who need assistance with complex investigations. This has included accident investigation (mainly fatalities), peer review of prosecution files and assistance with PACE interviews.