Andy Smith and his team have been involved in the justice sector for a combined total of over a century, they have been involved in advising and training within the aviation sector since being engaged by BAA Glasgow for assistance in preparing for a Fatal Accident Enquiry (Coroners Court) following a multiple fatal accident.hammer

Since then they have delivered training and consultancy services to Aviation Professionals throughout the UK in all aspects of Witness preparation skills, Accident Investigation and reporting, Health and Safety and Customer Service using the FISH! Philosophy to every grade of staff including Airfield Operations, Fire, Terminal Managers and Safety and assurance staff including the Managing Directors of several Airfields.jus

The primary thinking behind the training provided by Andy and his team is to prevent Managers from ever having to attend court to give evidence, this is done through the provision of lifelike work place simulations, and bespoke real-time exercises designed to highlight what has gone wrong previously and to change the way the individual manager thinks about what they and their teams do when dealing with accidents or incidents. They are then encouraged to look at how they can do things differently in order to minimise the business exposure to risk BEFORE something goes wrong for real.

Andy’s training has never been described as boring, indeed participants have regularly commented:

“It was so real I forgot I was training” and “you have eradicated Global Boring”. The team have worked with BAA, Manchester Airport Group, International Fire Training Centre, SERCO, Raytheon Systems, BP Aviation, BP Exploration as well as Gatwick and Prestwick Airports.

Andy has been a regular speaker at the Airport Operators Association Conferences as well as the Senior Airport Fire Officers seminars at Teesside and Edinburgh.


Witness Skills and Preparedness Course


Course Outline

This training ensures that all personnel who are employed to carry out any supervisory duties or any other Staff or Managers whose duties involve the correct application of HSAW Act 1974 or who are subject to the auspices of the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 receive appropriate training (acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding) to allow them to take appropriate actions during and post incident to ensure the gathering and preservation of appropriate evidence to allow the compilation of accurate, concise reports which may later  have to be presented in court or at a tribunal or disciplinary type hearing.


Course Aim

The aim of this course is to ensure that all personnel are able to:

  • Achieve uniformity in approach to operational functional requirements.
  • Ensure that any exposure of personnel to any risk work activities contributes to the control of risks during operational activities.
  • Provide a link between specific training activities, and the units and elements of HSAW Act 1974.
  • Have a better knowledge of the various regulations and legislation governing their role.
  • Gather and preserve evidence during and post incident.
  • Collate and accurately report on gathered evidence.
  • Prepare thoroughly for attending court/tribunal/hearing in order to best represent and protect the interests of both themselves and the company.
  • To raise all participants awareness of their accountability and vulnerability to the law and so to change the way staff think about managing incidents, before they occur.
  • To Raise staff and Managers awareness of HSAW (Act) 1974 and Corporate manslaughter and Homicide (Act) 2007 and how it may relate to them in their role..
  • To give participants a realistic experience of attending a Court of Law for the purpose of giving evidence relating to their role or part of their role.
  • Through good preparation to minimise the amount of time delegates would have to spend in court should they ever have to appear, and by doing so provide appropriate levels of corporate assurance


Course Content and Objectives

The course requires learners to participate in a mock incident or safety inspection (role dependent) gather and preserve relevant evidence at the scene in a timely manner, compile and collate accurate, concise reports on their participation in the incident and if necessary make recommendations as to short medium and long term solutions to causal factors.

Participants will then be given the opportunity to present their evidence in a realistic way in a Courtroom/Tribunal/Hearing setting by role play in a safe environment.

On completion of the course students will have covered:

  •  Dynamic Risk Assessment
  • Accountability for acts or omissions
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Prevent re occurrence of emergencies through proper management of aerodrome hazards and risks
  • Collation of appropriate, accurate evidence
  • Preparation of Concise, accurate post incident reports
  • Raise participants awareness of local and national safety and other policies
  • Take responsibility for effective performance
  • Recognise airside hazards and minimise risks

The course also consists of:

  • 2 day syllabus. (Can be modified to 1 day if required)
  • Practical report writing and evidence gathering, preservation sessions.
  • Practical evidence delivery sessions using role play in different scenarios.
  • Focus on both technical and practical training for the effective gathering of all types of evidence in dealing with any accident/incident.

Student Numbers

  • This course can accommodate between one and ten students at any one time.

(additional by arrangement)

For further information please contact JusMack