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BUILDERS EXPERIENCE COURT TRIAL IN SAFETY

Welsh builders took part in mock trial at Cardiff City Stadium

On Thursday 25 March an event was held at Cardiff City Stadium with local solicitors playing the role of prosecution and defence in a legal case to be played out in front of more than 200 representatives from the construction industry.

Those attending decided on the guilt of the accused − a site manager at a building site!

Event aimed to highlight the importance of getting it right

The mock trial was organised by the South Wales Construction Safety Group and Working Well Together − a partnership of HSE and the construction industry in Wales. Law firm Morgan Cole are developing the scenario.

Between 2004 to 2009 a total of 13 people were killed while working in the construction industry in Wales. A further 1,023 people were seriously injured and 1,888 suffered injuries which resulted in more than three days off work.

Said Paul Harvey, Principal Inspector for Construction for HSE. “Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, with many potentially lethal hazards including working at height, asbestos and site transport, so it is vital for employers to understand the risks and do all they can to manage them,”

“This event is an effective way of getting important health and safety messages across to the industry and highlights the possible consequences of legal action when things do go wrong.”

The role of the ‘defendant’ in the scenario will be played by Huw Llywelyn, Chairman of the South Wales Working Well Together partnership and head of construction for Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd:

“I am delighted to be supporting this initiative. Working Well Together is about highlighting how effective planning can prevent deaths and injuries on sites and the mock trial will demonstrate the legal responsibilities that site managers have.

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