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Mock Trial 2018: People - Plant Interface, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 16 April 2018
  • 09:00 - 13:00
Mock Trial 2018: People - Plant Interface, London

About this event

Sit as a “juror” in the mock trial of ORR v Joseph Locke in a prosecution under Section 7 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

You will hear how it is alleged that Mr Locke failed to comply with the duty to take "reasonable care" for his own health and safety and the health and safety of those who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work.

Mr Locke was working as a member of a construction team on a Network Rail construction project. The project came within the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Mr Locke was involved in a decision to use a telehandler to lift ballast into a position. Mr Locke was operating the telehandler when it overturned, killing a co-worker.

The trial will focus on issues relating to compliance with company procedures, safe working practices and the influence of fellow workers. As a jury member, you will need to decide whether or not Mr Locke took "reasonable care".

Learning outcomes

This mock trial will be an innovative and engaging event. Rather than merely telling you what the law says you must do, you will witness a practical example of a trial in action. The outcome of the trial is dependent on your views. Through a presentation of a “real life” scenario, delegates will get a better understanding of:
  • The duty on ALL employees' to take "reasonable care" for their own health and safety at work AND the duty to take "reasonable care" for the health and safety of those who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work
  • Relevant HSE / ORR practice and policy
  • Worksafe and lifesaving rules
  • Practical examples of where others have been held to have failed in that duty 
  • The powers of ORR inspectors when investigating an incident
  • How decisions to prosecute are made
  • The trial process and giving evidence
  • How the definitive guidance on sentencing in health and safety is applied

Who should attend

  • Construction workers
  • Rail professionals
  • Directors and senior managers
  • Health and Safety professionals
  • Procurement managers
  • In-house counsel
  • HR professionals
  • Anyone having responsibility for management of contractors
  • Anyone working in a safety critical role
  • Anyone with an interest in the subject matter

What past attendees have said?

  • "This was an excellent method to get across important points about responsibility and accountability"
  • "Excellent delivery of a situation that all of us could find ourselves in and provided much food for thought!"
  • "Very professional and certainly made me think about our own working conditions and also what the client is or is not doing"
  • "An authentic and thought provoking course. This should be a mandatory course for all Directors and Senior Managers"
  • “The mock trial is an excellent way of focusing attention on the responsibilities of employers to employees and the responsibilities of individuals to each other”
  • “Who doesn’t learn from submissive theatre?! Great event, one which has inspired us to roll out similar training to all our employees”

This event is part of the ICE's Health and Safety Day and will be followed by a workshop on effective project management under CDM 2015


08:00 Registration, refreshments and networking
08:45 Introduction and aims of the mock trial, overview of trial procedure and questioning techniques, overview of relevant legislation, recent examples of prosecution
09:10 Warnings from the Judge and entering of plea
09:15 Prosecution opening
09:35 Defence opening
09:45 Prosecution witness 1 
10:10 Prosecution witness 2 
10:35 Prosecution closes its case
10:40 Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:10 Defence witness 1 
11:25 Defendant
11:40 Defence closing
12:00 Judge – summing up to Jury
12:15 Jury deliberations – the "jurors" are asked to deliberate with each other but to vote individually on guilt and sentence
12:30 Jury verdicts
12:35 Interactive sentencing exercise
12:45 Analysis of Jury verdicts and questions
12:55 Closing remarks
13:00 Lunch

13:30 Close 



  • Kirsty Gomersal, Partner, DAC beachcroft
  • Sally Roff, Partner, DAC beachcroft
  • Peter Crosland, Civil Engineering Director, CECA & ICE H&S Expert Panel Member
  • Burt Browne, Consultant and ICE H&S Expert Panel Member
  • Richard Wilks, Director of Health and Safety, Bell Group and ICE H&S Expert Panel Member
  • Margaret Sackey, Senior H&S Advisor, TfL & ICE H&S Expert Panel Member
  • David Allen CEng MICE, Executive Director CECA (Southern), CECA
  • Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs, CECA

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

ICE Events Team

e: events@ice.org.uk