After completing a psychology degree Tony Boyle worked at the National Institute of Industrial Psychology (NIIP) where, inter alia, he studied accidents involving high voltage switchgear. He left the NIIP to complete a PhD in the statistical theory of accident causation.

Following a period of teaching health and safety and doing research, including research into road accident blackspots in London, he set up his own software company and later incorporated this into the health, safety and environmental consultancy, Hastam, set up principally by Aston University Health and Safety personnel. Tony was Hastam’s Managing Director and later Chairman and although he has retired from this role he is still a non-executive director.

He 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 performance.

Some key areas of Tony’s expertise are:

  1. Helping individuals improve their competence in all aspects of safety management, including incident investigation, risk assessment, writing documentation, internal audit and monitoring and measurement. Methods of helping include face to face mentoring, training courses and reviewing individuals’ work.
  2. Safety management system gap analysis against the requirements of ISO 45001 in order to help organisations identify what they need to do to ensure conformity with the new Standard. Methods used include documentation review and sample audit interviews and inspections.
  3. Writing ISO 45001 safety management system documentation for organisations, for example a description of their safety management system, or a safety management manual, and the procedures and work instructions to back it up. Methods include discussions with the people who will have to implement the safety management system to ensure that the new documentation adds value.

Here are some examples of Dr Tony Boyle’s expert witness work:

  • Corus (British Steel): Prepared Events and Causal Factors Analyses for expert witness report for the prosecution.
  • Total: Helped Professor Booth prepare an expert witness report for the defence in the Buncefield explosion.
  • Biolab: Prepared an expert witness report for the defence.
  • Magna Confectionery: Prepared an expert witness report for the defence.
  • Christian Khan acting for families of the deceased in Potters Bar derailment. Prepared an expert witness report on the Safety Management System aspects of the Potters Bar and Grayrigg derailments. Subsequently gave evidence on the penultimate day of the Inquest and a transcript is in the public domain.
  • Prepared an expert witness report on safety various aspects of the safety failings of a newly built hospital building.
  •  Prepared an expert witness report on a fatal fall from a hospital window.
  • Prepared an expert witness report on a fatal fall from the roof of a block of flats during construction work.
  • Prepared an expert witness report on a fatal fall from a public footpath onto a railway line.
  • Prepared an expert witness report on a fatal fall from the roof of a warehouse during a lifting operation.
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Tony Boyle

Doctor Tony Boyle


Occupational Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist,
Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Certified Risk Professional