March 26, 2010 | Barb Carr

Corporate Manslaughter – Two Year Anniversary

Editor’s Note: Our partner in the UK, Matrix Risk Control Ltd, offers a course that uses state-of-the-art training techniques and experienced detectives to help corporate managers completely understand the challenges they face if the unthinkable, a fatality, happens:  the criminal investigation; meeting the grieving relatives; and facing the press.  We have invited Matrix Risk Control to teach a pre-Summit course (October 25-26, 2010 in San Antonio) that takes the lessons from the UK course and teaches them to an international audience. For more info, e-mail or call us at 865-539-2139.

It will soon be two years since the landmark Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 came into effect in April 2008, on the statute books of the United Kingdom.

The Act provided a huge wake up call for Senior Management of organisations throughout the length and breadth of the country, and although there has yet to be a conviction and only a handful of prosecutions, the legislation serves as a constant reminder of the consequences of inadequate preparation and training.

Substantial fines or imprisonment are the consequences of failing to comply with the legislation and companies throughout the UK have been reviewing their contingency plans to make sure their houses are in order.

Crisis management specialists Matrix Risk Control (UK) Ltd provide
a unique and insightful training experience for directors and senior managers using

• realistic accident investigation scenarios;
• clear explanations of legal duties;
• practical guidance on police and regulatory investigations.

Matrix Risk Control utilises the world-leading R2S camera technology, initially developed to assist with murder investigations, to bring the incident to the boardroom and allow delegates to explore the scene in an immersive and visually intensive way. Practical advice is delivered by experienced investigators, all former senior detectives, who have led many high profile workplace fatality enquiries both onshore and offshore.

As an incident unfolds delegates are briefed on their duties and the steps they can take to protect themselves and their organisation during an investigation by the Police or Health and Safety Executive.

Over the course of a full day, an interactive and dynamic training programme tests the management skills of those required to take key decisions but in a controlled environment. The highlight of the day is an opportunity to face the challenge and pressure of a police “interview under caution” conducted by former senior police officers.

In addition, delegates may be required to consider how to respond to the demands of the media and also those of grieving relatives.

The course concludes with delegates being led through a jury exercise where they have the opportunity to consider the legal position in light of the evidence produced and deliver their verdict.

Mhorvan Sherret, Director, Matrix Risk Control, said “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that senior executives who attend our course will leave the classroom energised and motivated to have an introspective look at their own organisations, but more importantly, will be armed with vital information and tools to cope in the event of a work place fatality”.

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