Two Leeds companies will be putting guest “jurors” through their paces at a mock health and safety trial event designed to bring businesses up to speed with recent changes in sentencing guidelines.
The half day free-to-attend event, hosted by Lighthouse Risk Services and law firm Chadwick Lawrence, is CPD certified and will feature a mock trial based on a fictional workplace accident and the after effect for all involved.
Practising solicitors, barristers and actors will lead the session to provide a realistic view of the court process, with those in attendance acting as the jury.
The event, which will take place at The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on October 19, is aimed at health and safety professionals, directors and company owners, managers and those working in human resources.
Gwyn Evans, partner at Lighthouse Risk Services, said: “We’ve seen recent changes in sentencing guidelines result in a number of very large average fines for businesses who have fallen foul of health and safety law.
These new guidelines have drastically altered the health and safety landscape, with 19 fines of more than £1 million, over the past 12 months, and treble the number of directors being prosecuted.
“This event will be a great opportunity for people and businesses to get up to speed and will give us the chance to focus on a number of issues our clients have shown interest in.
“We’ll cover everything from what happens after an accident to what it’s like to receive enforcement action from a Health and Safety Executive inspector.”