Capita is the leading health and safety consultancy in the UK. We have over 200 safety, health and wellbeing experts advising clients across the UK and beyond.
Our expert witness service is a key part of our consultancy. We have a strong track record of providing technical legal advice for over 25 years. We have experience in working with both the defence and prosecution. All of our experts have appeared in court previously to answer questions on their Opinions.
We provide an independent opinion, trusted by solicitors and barristers for the public and private sector as well as private clients. We work regularly with the police service and local authorities.
We specialise in expert witness projects relating to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated legislation and personal injury litigation.
Client relationships are important to us which is demonstrated by our repeat business – over 70% of our business is done with clients who have worked with us before.
Our project team will be delighted to answer any questions. To discuss your expert requirements further, please call Juliet Kelly – Expert Witness Services Coordinator on 0141 285 3666 or email her on Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specialist construction queries, please speak to our construction Expert Witness and Advisory Services team.
With high numbers and rates of fatal injury, agriculture, forestry and fishing is the riskiest industry sector. When things haven’t gone as planned, we have the expertise to give you an expert opinion.
From fuel handling and moving and handling loads to working at height, we have specialists in this complex and multifaceted area.
From asbestos sampling and surveys to inspections and management plans or exposure of people to asbestos dust, we have the expertise to provide an opinion on your case.
From contract caterers to commercial kitchens and fast food outlets we have experience in this industry.
Capita are the leading experts on the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. Our experts have detailed understanding of the various duties and responsibilities.
From chemical burns to inhalation of fumes and damage to property, we have an health and safety professional who can support you on management of chemicals and practical use queries.
Our expertise focuses on lower tier operations within these regulations.
For technical support around the use of compressed air and associated potential injuries, please speak to our specialists.
Free flowing solids management and oxygen depleted atmospheres are just some issues that arise out of confined spaces. Our experts can answer your queries and provide specialist support.
Capita are experts at construction and we will have a specialist to support your need.
Contamination can come from many sources and have unintended impact on the environment and people working near the contamination. Our team can provide information and guidance on a variety of contaminates.
Lifting operations and work involving cranes can be high risk with significant opportunities for management failures or personal injury. We have experts who have previously worked in this sector and provided expert witness support in civil and criminal cases.
Working with technologies creates opportunities but can also cause long term impact on health and wellbeing. Our experts can assist in civil and criminal cases by examining the management of the issues. We are unable to provide medically qualified expert witness opinions.
Managing risks in a school environment requires specialist knowledge. From school trips to violence at work, we have specialists in this area.
Electricity forms part of everyday life but it can kill or severely injure people and cause extensive property damage. We have the knowledge to support you when you are served prohibition or improvement notices or have an upcoming court case.
In this sector we include film and television as well as event safety at concerts fairs and other leisure activities.
The environment can have a significant impact on how we do business. Flooding and other unplanned events can have a negative impact on the safety of the work environment. Where this has happened, we can support you with specialists in a variety of environmental areas.
The first charge under the corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide act 2007 involved an employee being killed when a trenched collapsed. Capita have been involved in several cases relating to excavations and earthworks as we have a significant amount of technical expertise in this area.
Buncefield demonstrated the power of fire and explosions during unplanned events. Accidental fire and explosion can be devastating in terms of the impact on human life and damage to the environment and local community. Whether it is flammable liquids, dusts, gases or solids, we have a specialist to support you.
Our specialists can support across this sector with expertise in meat processing and the drinks industries as well as the small sectors in this industry.
Looking after the health of employees is a mandatory requirement of many health and safety regulations. Our technical experience allows us to support you with incidents regarding the management processes.
We have significant experience of working in this sector and have a specialist who can give their expert opinion when the unexpected has happened.
The industrial environment is hazardous and can be high risk. Complex issues covering multiple topic areas arise from industrial safety issues and we can support you to unpick these with our experts.
From ensuring thorough examination of equipment and maintenance to planning and supervising lifts with competent persons, lifting equipment is a complex technical area. We have consultants with significant industry experience to support you.
Ensuring suitable and sufficient illumination to staff at work can be technically challenging. At a basic level, different lighting is required for different types of work with requirements around lux levels, glare and colour. Personal injury events associated with poor lighting are common and we can support you with our expert opinion on your case.
Local authorities have an extensive role in our daily lives with a wide variety of activities being undertaken. Our experience in this area is unparalleled and our experts have the knowledge to provide an in-depth expert opinion.
Associated with health surveillance, Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is required at the right levels to carry away airborne contaminants before they are breathed in. Selection, maintenance and use are some of the topics related to LEV where we can support you.
Haulage, distribution and warehouse has a specific set of issues that are becoming increasingly import as society changes. Our experts can provide guidance on the majority of logistics related queries.
Safety features of machines such as guards, dead man’s switches, time delay locks etc are there to protect users. When someone has been injured because of a failure, we can help you.
Moving items is a significant part of many activities and requires good management and risk assessment. Musculoskeletal disorders account for more than a third of injuries reported to the enforcing authorities of which manual handling is a significant cause. We can provide advice and guidance in this area.
With a significant number of deaths and ill health linked to working in manufacturing, our specialists have a wide range of previous experience to bring to your case.
Our specialist mechanical engineer can support you with an opinion when something unplanned has happened.
As industry takes more responsibility for the mental as well as physical health of their employees we have seen an increasing demand for non-medical experts in this field to advise and support solicitors and their clients.
Mining is a hazardous occupation with the risk of fire, flood, explosion and collapse potentially affecting many people. We can support you with specialist opinions in this sector.
Many employees are exposed to levels of noise that may be harmful in the work place. The regulations set out action levels to reduce the risk to those working in these areas and management guidance to support this. We can provide a specialist opinion in this area to solicitors and their clients.
Illness and disease is associated with many aspects of health and safety if they have been insufficiently managed. Employees working with biological agents, noise, vibration, solvents etc are all at risk of serious and long-term health issues. We can support you with an opinion on the management of these areas.
High risk activities such as confined space entry, working with high voltage electricity and demolition works are managed with the support of a permit to work which supports risk management. Our experts have extensive knowledge both in specialists permitting fields and in the permit process itself.
Employers have duties around the provision and use of personal and respiratory protective equipment with range from identifying the hazards, assessing the suitability of the equipment, providing training on its use and regular inspections and maintenance. We have experts with a deep understanding of this field to help you.
Pressure systems range from relatively small, steam generating commercial coffee machines to large industrial boilers. The regulations place duties not only on the employer and user but the designer, manufacturer, supplier and installer. We have and can support all duty holders.
Industries managing the risk associated with radiation range from medical, research and communications sectors. We have specialists across a range of industries who also have expert knowledge in radiation.
The Office of Rail and Road provide H&S guidance to this sector. Where there has been an issue or personal injury incident relating to rail activity, we can provide comment and support.
The management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 makes risk assessment the corner stone of any task to allow business to understand what they need to do to control the hazards in their workplace. Whatever the field, we have experts in writing and assessing risk assessments to determine if they are suitable and sufficient.
Road traffic legislation is managed by the Department for Transport, however this does not remove the duties of employers to manage road risk and ensure suitable segregation on site. Our consultants have experience in both these fields.
Large and complex scaffolds require specialist input from design, erection, alteration and dismantling. Our experts can support on scaffolding erected to NASC Technical Guidance TG) and bespoke design.
Separation of members of the public from site is a requirement of the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984. Injury or incident arising from site housekeeping or security is something our experts have experience in.
Architects and designers as well as employers and employees have responsibilities in this area. We can support with detailed experience around the slip potential model which includes footwear and behaviour and the pendulum coefficient of friction test which focuses on the flooring surface.
With links to mental health and wellbeing, stress has been acknowledged as the cause of over 11 million lost working days. Our expertise centres around the management standards which provide guidance to organisations on how to comply with law and tackle work related stress.
Structural failure can have severe repercussions and can be a complex issue to investigate to ascertain the cause. We can support you in this with our structural experts.
Our tunnelling experts can support you on all aspects of tunnelling activities from planning to management.
Frequently associated with noise, vibration is subdivided into hand-arm vibration and whole-body vibration. We have specialist consultants in both areas who can provide information in the management, risk assessment, inspection, monitoring and training.
A vulnerable worker is anyone who is at risk of having their workplace entitlements denied or who lack the capacity or means to secure them. This includes temporary staff, new and expectant mothers, older workers and young people and those in new employment. Our consultants have a variety of expertise in these areas and can support you.
Increasingly employers are taking responsibility for how work affects employees’ quality of life. Aligned with stress and mental health, our consultants are experts in this field and can provide an opinion on any issues in this field.
Falls from height are a significant cause of injury in the UK. Managing the working at height process can be industry specific and our consultants can support a variety of industry and working at height themes.
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure work with public and private sector organisations to design, build and optimise their real estate and infrastructure assets. From thought to finish, we apply our combined expertise to achieve more from the entire built environment.
We build competitive advantage through intelligently applied real estate and infrastructure solutions and enhance our clients’ standing in a forever-changing world.