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Expert Witness
July 5, 2018

Meet the Expert: David Wenham – Expert Witness edition

Doctor David Wenham was appointed a lecturer at Loughborough University in 1990 after working for several years as an HSE inspector. He is currently the Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Occupational Health and Safety Management at Loughborough. His main interests and consultancy work are occupational health and safety law, risk assessment techniques, safety management and safety culture/climate As part…
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Richard Booth
Expert WitnessGeneral Health and Safety
March 29, 2018

Meet the Expert: Richard Booth – Expert Witness edition

After a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA), Richard Booth was promoted to Research Engineer in 1964 studying vehicle safety and durability. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Safety and Health at Aston University in 1972 and received his Chair in 1978. He was elected Professor Emeritus in 2007. As part of our meet the…
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Tony Boyle
Expert Witness
February 15, 2018

Meet the Expert: Tony Boyle – Expert Witness edition

Tony boyle has published around 50 papers, articles and book chapters and he is the author of the ‘standard’ text on health and safety risk management, published by Routledge. Tony has worked on a number of expert witness reports, including the Potters Bar derailment. He is currently working with a major multi-national client helping them improve the way the audit and measure safety…
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Expert Witness
January 18, 2018

Expert witness joint reports

As is well known, joint reports to the court now play a vital role.  In a recent conference a barrister was asked “What do you value most of an expert witness?” The reply was “Ensuring that joint reports undermine the arguments of the ‘other side’”. Of course there are multiple other attributes of expert witnesses.  And the above opinion may…
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Expert Witness
December 3, 2017

Why did I become an expert witness?

Hastam colleagues have recently written revealing blogs on their earlier experiences in health and safety. Recently Richard Booth described his ‘baptism of fire’ as an expert witness. This prompted me to tell my own story. My interest in expert witness work and also forensic science and investigations was inspired by watching the “The Expert”, a BBC TV series (in the…
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Expert Witness
October 30, 2017

A baptism of fire – my first experiences as an expert witness

  I first acted – in fact twice - as an expert witness in the USA over 30 years ago.  Both were civil cases involving accidents at power presses.  The manufacturers maintained that it was impracticable to fit interlocked guards on presses despite selling them with guards in the UK.  Hence the need for a UK expert. Appearing in court…
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Expert WitnessGeneral Health and Safety
July 20, 2017

Is Occupational Safety and Health an Academic discipline? Do OSH expert witnesses usurp the authority of Judges?

The UK Supreme Court has over-ruled the ‘flawed’ decision of the Scottish Supreme Civil Court: Kennedy (Appellant) v Cordia (Services) LLP (Respondent) (Scotland) UKSC 6 On appeal from CSIH 76  - February 2017 Andrew Hale and Richard Booth write We have been meaning for ages to express our incredulity at the decision made by the Inner House of Court of…
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Expert Witness
May 4, 2017

Reflections on Hastam’s work as expert witnesses – early involvement is the key message

Professor Richard Booth is a very knowledgeable and experienced H&S Expert Witness.  Here shares the lessons he (and his team) have learnt over the past fifteen months.  As part of this process he reviews the impact of FFI and other changes that have impacted H&S prosecutions and considers how solicitors could use Expert Witnesses to promote better outcomes for their…
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Expert Witness
May 5, 2016

Training requirements for Telehandler users and what constitutes a ‘Suitable and Sufficient’ risk assessment?

1.Introduction One of our consultants, Dr Mark Cooper, was recently involved in a complex case heard in the Crown Court.  We cannot as yet discuss the details of the case for legal reasons but would like to share with you some of the key points debated in the case.  Mark provided expert evidence on two subjects: the training requirements for…
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Expert WitnessGeneral Health and Safety
May 21, 2015

Is safety law in breach of the Magna Carta, or even worse?

Professor Richard Booth asks the question 'are some laws impossible to defend against?'  and explores the 'catch 22' that some employers face when an incidence happens.  It’s not just that employers are guilty unless they can prove their innocence. After something has gone badly wrong, it’s also pretty much impossible anyway. Here are some examples: Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations Regulation…
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Expert WitnessGeneral Health and Safety
March 5, 2015

Working with Experts – do you find this straightforward or frustrating at every turn?

  An insight into how you can improve this process, making the likelihood of a positive outcome more probable. Professor Richard Booth's many years of experience as an expert witness enables him to share the lessons he has learnt.  Expert witness engagements are high risk, and affect pleading decisions and outcomes.  After much experience, some bad, some good, and observing…
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DocumentationExpert WitnessGeneral Health and SafetyRisk Assessment
July 18, 2014

Let’s improve our interview skills – by Dr Tony Boyle

As well as being a chartered health and safety practitioner I'm an Occupational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  Over the years I've had lots of interview training and had my competence in interviewing has been assessed in several different ways.  All of which has made me aware of the lack of perceived need for training in…
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