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British Safety Council Seminar: Deaths in the Workplace


As part of Active Training Team’s continuous development initiative, we recently invited our lead facilitators to attend a British Safety Council (BSC) seminar ‘Deaths in the Workplace: Coroners’ and police investigations and how to navigate through them’.

Jointly organised by Hickman & Rose Solicitors and the BSC, the seminar was organised to help prepare for, and respond to, the impact of death in the workplace. The procedures followed by police and the Health & Safety Executive were examined, to illuminate the very different powers and aims of such organisations.

Chaired by Sir Peter Thornton QC, speakers included Andrew Katzen and Kate Maynard of Hickman & Rose Solicitors and Louise Ward, Policy, Standards & Communications Director at BSC.

It’s incredibly important for us that our teams add value to our work by absorbing the latest information about policy and procedure, so they are able to answer any questions arising from the scenarios they present during our sessions.

Our facilitators found the seminar enormously worthwhile:


Good to see a real-life HSSE in the flesh and ask him how he enforced that people answer his questions. I’m more aware now of the complications attached to multiple investigations going on into the same incident, which can extend the whole process for the family significantly. This seminar confirmed that our scripts and workshop outlines are correct and up-to-date.


Laura Forrest-Hay, Lead Facilitator, Active Training Team


A great opportunity to ask the experts any questions. It brought it home that a wholehearted focus on safety in the last thirty years has DEFINITELY saved lives.

1981 – 500 people killed at work
2018 – 137 people killed at work


Rebecca Johnson, Lead Facilitator, Active Training Team


I found it instructive and interesting: the panel were extremely knowledgeable and obviously experienced in what they did. The level of care and commitment was laudable.


Jonathon Palmer, Lead Facilitator, Active Training Team


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