Health & Safety Investigation Project

by | Oct 15, 2020

Situation

Our client, a construction company was the principal contractor on the refurbishment of a historic building when it was destroyed by fire in 2018.  Consequently, the client was subject to investigation by several external agencies and the subject to the public scrutiny including by the Scottish Parliament.  In addition, the client needed to carry out its own health and safety internal investigation urgently in relation to the fire.

The Head of Legal at the client asked Pinsent Masons to provide a Legal Project Manager to manage the internal health and safety investigation and to coordinate that internal investigation with the Pinsent Masons lawyers’ preparation for the various external investigations.

Steps Taken

Initial workshops were facilitated with the client’s Health & Safety team to agree strategic objectives, identify key deliverables and map out the tasks required to achieve the desired outcomes.  After these workshops were completed and before any actions were implemented, a high level report for the client’s board to sign off was produced.  Once approved, we developed and administered a collaboration site to securely store and share all the evidence that was required to produce the internal report and respond to external investigations.  Our assigned Legal Project Manager assessed current resource and additional Pinsent Masons resources were provided to bridge gaps in the client’s investigation team. To thoroughly investigate the site after the fire, an external fire investigation consultant was hired and used CCTV footage, witness statements and historical photo alongside physical evidence.  Our Legal Project Managed worked with this consultant to create an additional plan to identify contact and interview witnesses.

Throughout the project, a weekly status report was produced and circulated to the entire project team and senior client stakeholders to show progress of the project.

Results

At the end of December 2018, an internal investigation report in relation to the incident was published and presented to the client’s board.  In addition, the Legal Project Manager worked with the firm’s internal teams to create a collaboration site for storing and sharing more than 25,000 investigation documents required for the various internal and external investigations.


“[Legal Project Management] proved to be an invaluable resource for us on a strategically significant project, layering strong project management discipline onto a complicated situation, resulting in a vastly improved and outcome driven environment for the project.”

Head of Legal, Client

 

 

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