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Mock interviews to highlight law change

The South Wales Working Well Together Group is holding mock interviews under caution in Cardiff next month to prepare construction firms for the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (the Act), which comes into force on 6 April 2008.

The event puts a senior manager from a small to medium sized construction company in a post-accident scenario, facing an interview by the Police, assisted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in relation to the 'incident'. The interview takes place in front of an audience made up of representatives from the construction industry.

HSE principal inspector for Construction in Wales, Chantal Nicholls, said: “The interview is a nerve-wracking experience - the scenario is made up, but the line of questioning is exactly the same as any employer could expect if they find themselves the subject of a joint investigation by the police and HSE.

“Many who saw last year's event said it really helped them focus their mind on health and safety issues, and served as a reminder about what happens following an incident.”

The event is free for people in the construction industry, and there is an opportunity to ask questions on the new law.

The event takes place at Pentwyn leisure centre, Cardiff on Thursday, March 6 starting at 8.30am. For more information contact Anne Redman or Sharon Holmes on 029 2026 3033.

For the first time, as a result of the Act, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.