Chris Mee Group were called in by a leading construction company (name confidential) to support them on the aftermath of a serious accident where there had been a fatality As a result of the accident the company was investigated by the HSA who were threatening legal proceedings with possible court appearances and penalties.
Chris Mee Group advised the management to proactively implement a full safety management system. This entailed not only an accisent investigation but a full gap analysis of the existing systems including site visits, documentation reviews, interviews of key managers and staff, etc. Once the gap analysis was carried out, our consultants produced an improvement plan. This plan indicated the hazards identified and also the controls that had to be implemented. This implementation would minimise the risk and also demonstrate that the client now had the sufficient controls in place. We then supported the client in quickly implementing the plan in a pragmatic and commercially viable way. At the same time we represented the client in dealing with the HSA, the client’s Insurance companies and in preparing the client for prosecutions.
Chris Mee Group assisted the client in court in mounting a successful defense against the HSA action. Additionally as a direct result of implementing the safety management system the client saw a significant reduction in new claims, injuries and damage to raw materials, product and equipment. This in turn resulted not only in a major reduction in the client’s insurance premiums and also improved their success rate in tendering for new business. These contributed directly to, even after a major fatality, a significant commercial gain for the client within two years.