When a serious safety incident occurs, employers and workers may be asked by the police or OHS officers to provide information about the incident. That information may incriminate the company or people within it. Management may be asked to share or withhold the information—or wish it could do so. So management must balance the desire to share the information to prevent a future incident with the desire to protect the organization and its staff.
To learn how to avoid incriminating responses in the wake of a serious safety incident, attend our free one-hour webinar on Sept. 28, 2016.
In this session, OHS lawyer David Myrol of McLennan Ross will examine the context of this difficult situation, including:
- Some of the legal and ethical considerations
- Strategies and tools an employer may use to protect itself and its people when responding to requests for information in response to a serious workplace incident.
As always, at the end of the presentation, there will be a Q&A session during which you can ask questions about this complex topic.
The webinar is free but you do need to register in advance.
In the meantime, OHS Insider has many articles, tools and other resources related to workplace incidents, including:
- Using “privilege” to keep incident investigation reports confidential
- Complying with the duty to report safety incidents
- Why you should have an incident investigation kit
- Incident investigation traps to avoid.
About the Speaker
David Myrol is a nationally recognized lawyer in OHS law and a partner with McLennan Ross LLP where he helps companies strategically respond to industrial accidents and defends them and their people against OHS charges. He practices almost exclusively in OHS law across Western Canada. He is a member of the law societies of AB, BC, NWT and soon to be SK. David is an experienced OHS trial lawyer having been involved in most of the leading OHS cases in Alberta. In fact, he was Alberta’s first designated OHS Crown Prosecutor and headed a pilot project with Alberta Justice, which still serves as the model for OHS prosecutions in Alberta.